Report of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder

Department of Psychiatry, JJ Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA.
Archives of Sexual Behavior (Impact Factor: 3.53). 06/2012; 41(4):759-96. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-012-9975-x
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Both the diagnosis and treatment of Gender Identity Disorder (GID) are controversial. Although linked, they are separate issues and the DSM does not evaluate treatments. The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), therefore, formed a Task Force charged to perform a critical review of the literature on the treatment of GID at different ages, to assess the quality of evidence pertaining to treatment, and to prepare a report that included an opinion as to whether or not sufficient credible literature exists for development of treatment recommendations by the APA. The literature on treatment of gender dysphoria in individuals with disorders of sex development was also assessed. The completed report was accepted by the BOT on September 11, 2011. The quality of evidence pertaining to most aspects of treatment in all subgroups was determined to be low; however, areas of broad clinical consensus were identified and were deemed sufficient to support recommendations for treatment in all subgroups. With subjective improvement as the primary outcome measure, current evidence was judged sufficient to support recommendations for adults in the form of an evidence-based APA Practice Guideline with gaps in the empirical data supplemented by clinical consensus. The report recommends that the APA take steps beyond drafting treatment recommendations. These include issuing position statements to clarify the APA's position regarding the medical necessity of treatments for GID, the ethical bounds of treatments of gender variant minors, and the rights of persons of any age who are gender variant, transgender or transsexual.

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    • "The fi rst was in support of access to care (APA, 2012a) while the second puts APA on the record as opposing any form of discrimination against transgender individuals (APA, 2012b). APA also appointed a task force to review and recommend treatment guidelines for transgender individuals (Byne et al., 2012).) For example, in May 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reversed a long-outdated 1981 ruling that classifi ed medical treatment for gender reassignment as ' experimental ' (USDHHS, 2014). "
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    • "FAMILY PROCESS (Byne et al., 2012, p. 763). Lev (2004) has proposed a " family emergence model " to describe how family systems adapt to GV members in stages that include disclosure, turmoil, negotiation , and finding balance between the child's needs and the larger family's needs. "
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    • "The counselor must take due care not to present these treatments as cure-alls for the client's distress (Byne et al., 2012; Cohen-Kettenis & Gooren, 1999; Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, 1998; Manieri et al., 2008; Sohn & Bosinski, 2007). Comorbid disorders and other difficulties such as family relational problems may have origins outside the realm of what can be rectified by medical treatments, and need to be discussed with the client as possibly necessitating further psychological interventions. "
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