What is it about?

Education plays a crucial role in the lives of families of transgender young people and mental healthcare practitioners are well-placed to support families in this regard. This paper reports findings from a narrative review of 31 papers that explored the education needs of families of transgender young people.

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Why is it important?

While current global government directives highlight the need to involve families in a meaningful way as an intrinsic aspect of holistic care, the strategic implementation of such policies has proven problematic. Current research studies report that family and other carers’ psychosocial needs were not being fully considered within mental healthcare, identifying “a distinct lack of family and carer supports, particularly to transgender people.” The current literature review aims to explore the role of education as a support to the families of trans young people and to provide recommendations in terms of mental health research, education and practice.


The review has highlighted the importance of education and information in the lives of families of trans young people. A conceptual framework is provided to help foster a deeper understanding of the key issues that have emerged from the review and highlights areas in which mental health professionals can play a pivotal role.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Education Needs of Families of Transgender Young People: A Narrative Review of International Literature, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, January 2018, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2017.1395500.
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