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Essay Humanities Law/Legal Natural Sciences Nonfiction Social Sciences

Partial Treatment Requests and Underlying Motives of Applicants for Gender Affirming Interventions

By Titia F Beek, Baudewijntje, P C Kreukels, Peggy T Cohen-Kettenis, and Thomas D Steensma , 2015

Historically, only individuals with a cross-gender identity who wanted to receive a full treatment, were eligible for “complete sex reassignment” consisting of feminizing/masculinizing hormone treatment and several surgical interventions including genital surgery (full treatment). Currently, it is unclear what motives underlie a request for hormones only or surgery only or a combination of hormones and surgery (e.g., a mastectomy), but no genital surgery (partial treatment). Aims: The aims of this study were (i) to describe treatment requests of applicants at a specialized gender identity clinic in the Netherlands; and (ii) to explore the motives underlying a partial treatment request, including the role of (non-binary) gender identity.

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