This manuscript explores ethical implications on treatment for youth with diagnosed gender dysphoria. The ethical considerations outlined and analyzed in this essay involve illuminating an understanding of whether the administration of pubertal suppression with GnRH agonists, and cross-sex hormones to children with gender dysphoria is morally justified as treatment to manage their psychological distress, or if safer more understood alternatives exist. This essay emphasizes that as health care professionals we must ensure youth with gender dysphoria receive adequate medical treatment and care however, this essay concludes through extensive literature review, that the use of inconclusive and under researched methods to manage gender dysphoria cannot be ethically justified and therefore should be re-evaluated.
Recommended CitationHayes, K. (2018). Ethical Implications of Treatment for Gender Dysphoria in Youth. Journal of Health Ethics, 14(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.18785/ojhe.1402.03
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