Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and Their Families

A nuanced look into youth journeys of gender transition and detransition

Here’s the new article by members of our team! Annie Pullen SansfaçonMorgane A. GellyRosalie GravelDenise MedicoAlexandre BarilFrançoise Susset and August Paradis. The article is published in the Infant and Child Development: prenatal, childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood. Here’s the link for the article in free access :


Some media have suggested that many youths who have previously completed a gender transition are “detransitioning”. Their experience is often framed around the idea of regrets but rare are the articles that provide a nuanced examination of their journey. This article presents the perspectives of youths who have detransitioned or discontinued a transition regarding their experiences and feelings on their journey from transition to detransition. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 youths between the age of 16 and 25 years who were recruited on social media and who transitioned and detransitioned or discontinued their transition. Data were analysed according to thematic analysis. Regrets and feelings of satisfaction can both coexist. The processes of transition and discontinuation or detransition appear to be non-linear and participants do not necessarily return to a cisgender identity. Ambiguous loss theory is applied to frame youth experiences and feelings and to suggest way forward for intervention.