The Zurich Specialist Clinic for Adolescent with Gender Dysphoria - Preliminary Follow-up Results The specialist clinic for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria (GD) of the Psychiatric University Hospital of Zurich shows an increasing number of referrals since its foundation in 2009. Since 2014 we started an observational study including adolescents aged 13 years and older. At the time of the first appointment (T0) N = 77 participants completed a battery of questionnaires assessing demographic factors, general psychopathology, quality of life as well as gender identity, social transitioning and GD treatment modalities. Few of the adolescents were socially transitioned and had hormone therapy but 77.9 % wished to get hormone therapy. Follow up assessment T1 was performed after at least one year of treatment in our specialist clinic. 51 adolescents completed an online follow-up examination including the same questionnaires and baseline parameters as well as a scale measuring treatment satisfaction. At T0, 77.3 % of the adolescents scored in the clinical range of the Youth Self Report (YSR) total score, which did not decrease significantly until T1 in our preliminary follow up sample. Puberty blocking before T0 correlated negatively with the YSR score, indicating less psychopathology in treated patients. Preliminary longitudinal analysis suggests that social transitioning influences quality of life (Kidscreen subscale autonomy and parental relationship). At T1, 52 % of the adolescents were socially transitioned in all contexts and 70 % received gender affirming hormonal treatment. Gender identity changed between T0 and T1 in about 18 % of the cases. Treatment satisfaction in most cases was high.
gender dysphoria – adolescents – psychopathology – quality of life – social transitioning