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Gender Dysphoria in adolescence
Presented by: Stacy Lombardo, Dean Khambatta, Kendra Riley, and Michael Maruyama
PAU Diagnosis and Treatment Planning II
Introduction to Gender Dysphoria -Dean Khambatta
Study: Suicidality, self-harm, and body dissatisfaction in transgender adolescents and emerging adults with gender dysphoria
96 adolescents studied in sample(included both transgender and those experiencing gender dysphoria)
Of sample, 30% reported at least 1 suicide attempt
41.8% reported self-injurious behavior
Desire for weight change was a co-existing factor amongst those with suicide attempts.
The incidents of suicide attempts and self-harm were greater in those born with female genitalia, but identified as male, rather than vice versa.
“Why, why, why? Why am I a woman? I don’t want this. I don’t want to give birth to a child. I want kids, but I don’t want to be the one giving birth. I don’t need menstruation. Mom, I don’t want this”
“feeling good about the way you look is so important. It adds to your self-esteem. It defines how you function in everyday life. If you look in the mirror every day and say, ‘I don’t want to look like this’, you won’t have the will, the drive, to be anything in life”
–Jessy, an adolescent born with female genitalia, but identifies as male, upon getting his first period & explaining why he wants to be a surgeon for the transgender community, offering free gender-reassignment surgery