Parents of Gender Variant Children

In 2012, as part of a larger study of the experiences of transgender people in Australia, Clemence Due and I undertook a project focusing on the experiences of (cisgender) parents of gender variant or transgender children. My interest in undertaking this research stems from my work as a psychotherapist. In my private practice I specialise in working with transgender young people and their families.


Riggs, D.W. & Due, C. (2015). Support experiences and attitudes of parents of gender variant children. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Riggs, D.W. (2016). Discussing aspects of medical transition with parents of young transgender people: A psychotherapist’s perspective. In A. Lev & A. Gottlieb (Eds.) Families in transition: Parent perspectives. New York: Harrington Park Press.

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