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About the Author

Irwin Krieger is a clinical social worker in private practice in New Haven, CT. He has been providing psychotherapy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for over 25 years. Since 2003 he has been working extensively with transgender teens and their parents. "Helping Your Transgender Teen" brings you the insights gained from his work with these teenagers and their families.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Genderwise Press (February 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069201229X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692012291
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irwin Krieger, LCSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in New Haven, CT. With a BA in Psychology from Yale and an MSW from the University of Connecticut, he has over 30 years of experience working as a therapist for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Since 2004 he has been working extensively with transgender adults and teens and their families. He has given numerous presentations regarding transgender youth to educators and medical and mental health professionals. Irwin Krieger is the author of "Helping Your Transgender Teen: a Guide for Parents."

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ilja Hulinsky MD on July 21, 2011
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As an Endocrinologist who treats transgender youth, I am both delighted by the insight Irwin Krieger brings to this topic as well as thankful for the availability of this publication which I use as a tool in managing patients on a day to day basis.. I highly recommend Krieger's book as a resource for parents to demystify the transition their child or any other significant family member is going through. Krieger writes with incredible accessibility in a warm and friendly tone. Chapters are divided logically into easy to digest pieces that explain terms like "gender identity", "gender dysphoria", and "gender expression" to the reader who may have any level of prior understanding of this topic, or none at all. Never one to alienate, Krieger describes not only what to expect from a social and medical point of view during transition, but also addresses common concerns from the transgender teenage perspective. The period of transition can be a challenging experience for parents but a remarkably healing and relieving one for their trans-children, and this book will aid everyone involved to a better understanding and acceptance of this condition.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dave Parker VINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
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This guide for parents of transgender teens is a well-written, easy reading, basic presentation of how to deal intelligently with your transgender or questioning teenager. Irwin Krieger is a clinical social worker with more than 25 years experience working with the LGBT community.
There are a number of books about understanding our transgender children of all ages. Many of them are more psychological treatises that are not necessarily the best introduction for "new" parents. Others relate best to adult transgender awareness, while others are directed toward helping parents accept the reality of gender variance themselves rather than dealing with their child.
More and more teens are self-identifying as transgender. They need the love and support of their families. Helping Your Transgender Teen is an excellent choice for their parents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2011
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I work as a therapist with children and families and this book was short enough so that I can pass it along to families and it doesn't seem like too much "work" to read through it. It gets to the point in easy to understand language and brings up many of the key issues that will face a family and their teen who is going through this very difficult situation. It also helps remind us that compassion is needed-not over reaction or a crisis minded attitude. Parents can find they aren't the only ones who may feel a certain way or have a specific worry and this helps when they may be feeling alone and isolated in this kind of situation. I had some teens read it as well and they approved~ great resource!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Poet on May 8, 2011
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The honest and informative writing in this book should prove a boon to both parents and professionals dealing with a transgender teenager. In an entirely unconditional manner, Irwin Krieger explains what to expect, where to find the resources you need, and how to accept your teen as he or she grapples with gender identity in an often unaccepting world. It is difficult enough to be the parent of a teenager without the complexity of transgender issues. Somehow Irwin Krieger, obviously a skilled professional, approaches it matter-of-factly, offering comfort and real tools that will surely help parents as they struggle to offer the right kind of support. This book can also be used by professionals who are working with either transgender teens or their parents.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karla D. Newton on October 5, 2011
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Thanks Irwin K. for such an informative and sensitve, thoughtful and timely book for parents and families of teens facing these challenging issues. Your experience and compassion shine in this practical and very reassuring, positive review of specific challenges families and idividuals face within the transgender specturm. Really appreciated your encouraging and supportive writing. A great book to help educate and bring much more awareness to this subject in general and give real-life answers to parents as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Chapman on January 26, 2014
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I have a transboy who just recently started transitioning. This book would have been a great intro to the transgender world when I first started researching it. I will definitely be passing it on to newer parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marquita oliver on October 15, 2013
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I bought this for my transgendered teen to educate all of us. She says the book is very accurate in portraying her feelings and also learned a lot. I have shared it with her teachers and the school is working with the information to help her through the process of gender dysphoria. This book has been a great source of information and helping our teenager understand herself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terence G. Morgan on July 18, 2011
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Written by a social worker who works with transgender teens and their parents, this book is a short, easy-to-read primer on how parents can help and nurture their transgender teen. It includes a chapter on resources and a glossary. Although it is geared toward transsexual teens, parents of all gender nonconforming children will also find this helpful.
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