Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and Their Families

Understanding the experiences of youth who have discontinued a gender transition: Provider perspectives.

Here’s the new article by members of our team! Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, Tommly Planchat, Morgane A. Gelly., Alexandre Baril, Françoise Susset and Mélanie Millette. The article is published in the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Here’s the PDF for the article : Understanding the Experiences of Youth Who Have Discontinued a gender transition_provider perspectives


The idea of “detransition” is stimulating debates among researchers and providers working with trans and nonbinary youth (TNBY), but research on this phenomenon is still in its early stages. This study presents the characteristics and experiences of providers who work directly with TNBY, including some who have discontinued a transition. Sixty-one providers in trans health care were recruited internationally and responded to an online survey. They come from various regions of the world and disciplines and 77% worked according to the trans-affirming approach. Sixty-four percent of them had followed a youth who discontinued their transition. Among those, 82% reported a range of 1–5 youth in their entire career. Professionals reported their observations of discontinuation with regard to the youth’s individual characteristics, and parental and social support. The results suggest that professionals had experience with youth who had discontinued regardless of their approach to intervention (e.g., trans-affirming, watchful waiting, or exploratory) and have observed a diversity of characteristics when describing the youth they followed. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved)


We found that professionals who have followed trans and nonbinary youth (TNBY) who have since discontinued their gender transition practice according to a range of intervention approaches (trans-affirming, wait and see, or other approaches) and that more than half have over 5 years of experience in trans health care. Observations from their practice show that youth present varied individual characteristics, as well as levels of parental and social support, pointing toward a diversity of experiences and pathways among youth who were followed by the providers. Our results suggest that future research should examine how to best support youth, whatever their gender journey or the outcome, rather than preventing it. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2023 APA, all rights reserved)