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Families in transition: a literature review

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Research on the transgender population is often limited to their medical care, and in particular to their mental well-being. The social and family environment in which a social gender role transition takes place is often overlooked. Although research is limited, this article reviews the existing literature on the family aspect of a gender transition. Articles regarding three different aspects were selected for this review: first, the issue of parenthood during transition and the experiences of children with a transgender parent, second, the experiences of partners and ex-partners of transgender individuals, and third, the experiences of parents with a gender variant child. Articles were restricted to those with a focus on family members and situations during transition. For all three contexts, several mediating factors, both individual and social, were distinguished. Various challenges for future research were identified.
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family life, transgender, parenthood, couples, transgender youth, relationships, TRANSSEXUAL PARENTS, VARIANT CHILDREN, SEXUAL IDENTITY, GAY PARENTS, GENDER, INTERVENTION

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Dierckx, Myrte, Joz Motmans, Dimitri Mortelmans, and Guy T’Sjoen. 2016. “Families in Transition: a Literature Review.” International Review of Psychiatry 28 (1): 36–43.
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Dierckx, M., Motmans, J., Mortelmans, D., & T’Sjoen, G. (2016). Families in transition: a literature review. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY, 28(1), 36–43.
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Dierckx M, Motmans J, Mortelmans D, T’Sjoen G. Families in transition: a literature review. INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY. 2016;28(1):36–43.
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Dierckx, Myrte, Joz Motmans, Dimitri Mortelmans, et al. “Families in Transition: a Literature Review.” INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY 28.1 (2016): 36–43. Print.
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  abstract     = {Research on the transgender population is often limited to their medical care, and in particular to their mental well-being. The social and family environment in which a social gender role transition takes place is often overlooked. Although research is limited, this article reviews the existing literature on the family aspect of a gender transition. Articles regarding three different aspects were selected for this review: first, the issue of parenthood during transition and the experiences of children with a transgender parent, second, the experiences of partners and ex-partners of transgender individuals, and third, the experiences of parents with a gender variant child. Articles were restricted to those with a focus on family members and situations during transition. For all three contexts, several mediating factors, both individual and social, were distinguished. Various challenges for future research were identified.},
  author       = {Dierckx, Myrte and Motmans, Joz and Mortelmans, Dimitri and T'Sjoen, Guy},
  issn         = {0954-0261},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {36--43},
  title        = {Families in transition: a literature review},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09540261.2015.1102716},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2016},
}

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