The Gender Creative Child
by by Diane Ehrensaft, foreword by Norman Spack
Dr Diane Ehrensaft has devoted her career in psychology to the care of children and teens who do not identify with their biological gender. In her first book, Gender Born, Gender Made, she coined the phrase ‘gender creative’ for what the American Psychiatric Association at the time officially termed a ‘disorder’.
Now, in The Gender Creative Child, Dr Ehrensaft gives parents, teachers, families, and therapists a totally up-to-date, comprehensive resource to caring for children whose gender expression is fluid or who question the gender they were assigned at birth. In nine easily digestible chapters, she encourages parents to listen to their children, support their quest for a true identity and undertake a highly nuanced assessment of their particular needs.
A thought leader and champion of gender-creative identity, Dr Ehrensaft illuminates the many routes that children may take and answers the many questions that parents and others will have.
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist. At the University of California, San Francisco, she is the cofounder and director of mental health at the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, an associate professor of pediatrics, and an attending psychologist at the Benioff Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic. Her work with – and advocacy for – gender creative children has been widely covered, including by The New York Times, the Huffington Post, and NPR. She has been featured on the Los Angeles Times online, Wired online, and has appeared on Anderson, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Today Show.