Transgender Emergence: Reviewed By: Eric Aoki, Media Reviews Editor

TRANSGENDER EMERGENCE: THERAPEUTIC GUIDELINES FOR WORKING WITH GENDER-VARIANT PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. Arlene I. Lev.New York: Haworth Clinical Practice Press, 2004. by Arlene I. Lev

A culmination of clinical social worker Arlene Istar Lev’s life work

To date,Transgender Emergence1 is a definitive work and invaluable resource not only for mental health practitioners but also for professional providers of many other disciplines, (e.g., medicine, nursing, law, public policy, community services, and theology) students, researchers and educators as well as the client population itself, i.e., gender-variant and trans-identified individuals, their partners and family members.

Lev’s work substantially exemplifies the goals and purposes of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies insofar as she focuses on the transgender-emerging couple or family as a social system, examining the developmental stages for partners/family members, and the resultant diversity of these relationships and family structures. Additionally, the author addresses such issues as parent-child relations, relationship issues, disclosure, and couple and family therapy as they specifically impact on gender-variance, gender dysphoria, transsexualism and transgenderism.

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