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We are launching of our new research project on the phenomenon of discontinuation of transitions, also sometimes referred to as ‘detransition’ or ‘desistance’. 

Are you a professional working with trans youth aged between 15 and 25 years

Would you like to contribute to the development of knowledge about youth who discontinue their gender transition?

We are looking for professionals from all disciplines (medicine, social work, psychology, counseling, etc.) who work with trans youth to complete an approximately 45-minute survey. The goal of the survey is to explore and analyze how professionals in trans health understand the phenomenon of discontinuation of transition (also known as detransition or desistance) and identify youth who discontinue their transition.

The questions cover different themes, including your training, your intervention experience, workplace characteristics, general characteristics of your approach (intervention methods and principles, etc.), and your experiences with youth who have discontinued their transition. No data will be gathered by the survey that could lead to the identification of the participants.
The survey is available here:

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Below you will find our answers to TRICON questions below so you can better understand our research. This list of TRICON disclosures is licensed by the administration team of the International Transgender Health Forum: K. Winters, A. D’orsay, and V. Sirenu, March 2019.

* What is the specific objective of the study and its intended impact on future trans lives?
This research concerns the discontinuation of transitions by youth with trans or nonbinary backgrounds or trajectories. This phenomenon is sometimes also referred to as “detransition” or “desistance”. In this project, we use these terms as synonyms. This survey aims to explore and analyze how professionals in trans health and care understand this phenomenon and identify youth who ‘detransition’ or “desist”. It is part of a larger project which also explores multiple perspectives: That of the youth themselves, the professionals who work in trans health as well as the discourses found in the medias and other public spaces. We aim to fill a gap in the research and produce empirical data on this widely debated subject. 

* Who is the principal investigator?
The principal investigator is Annie Pullen Sansfaçon, professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Montreal. Annie also holds the Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and their Families. The work of the Chair is rooted in a perspective of gender affirmation.

* What is/are the sponsoring institution/s or organization/s?
There is no sponsoring organization, but funds are managed by the University of Montreal, where the Principal Investigator is based.

* How are trans scholars/researchers included in this research work?
The importance of researching this phenomenon, and the idea for this project, stemmed from a wide community consultation of trans youth, their families and the professional working with them. The consultation was held in May 2018 in the Province of Quebec (the report is available here: http://jeunestransyouth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/resume_EDI-APS.pdf ). We also involved Gender Creative Kids Canada as a collaborator during the early stage of the development of the project and invited them to be part of the grant. All the research staff and the project coordinator are trans and/or nonbinary, and co-researchers includes trans and cis individuals.

* Who is funding the study? Describe any conflicts of interest.
This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. We have no conflict of interest to declare.

* Is there IRB/Ethics board approval? Describe ethical practices specific to trans subjects.
This study has been approved by the research ethics committee on society and culture (CER-SC), of the Université de Montréal and the Institutional ethics committee for the research with human beings (CIEREH) of Université du Québec À Montréal.
Our survey is anonymous and confidential. The survey can be completed by trans and cis professionals who work with trans youth in a range of disciplines.

* What is the target study population? Describe geographic scope, languages, and intersectional inclusion.
In order to complete the survey, you must be a professional working in trans health care with youth in Canada or internationally. We invite professionals of all disciplines (general and specialized medicine, including psychiatry as well as social work, psychology, psychotherapy, counseling, sexology, etc.). The survey is available in French and English.

* Is there a cost or travel requirement, or is there compensation for participants?
No, there is no cost nor compensation to take part in the survey.

* Will the results of this research be published in open access journals or channels?
Yes, the results will be published in at least one open access journal, and summary of the results will be published, in French and in English, free of charge, on the Canada Research Chair on Transgender Children and their Family Website (jeunestransyouth.ca)

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