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Transgenderism and Intersexuality in Childhood and Adolescence
Making Choices



February 2003 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

There is little doubt that children with gender problems suffer psychologically. But when clinicians are confronted with such cases, they often make controversial choices without the benefit of a substantial knowledge base.

Transgenderism and Intersexuality in Childhood and Adolescence: Making Choices presents an overview of the research, clinical insights, and ethical dilemmas relevant to clinicians who treat intersex youth and their families. Exploring gender development from a cross-cultural perspective, esteemed scholar Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis and experienced practitioner Friedemann Pfäfflin focus on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment issues. To bridge research and practical application, they include numerous case studies, definitions of relevant terminology, and salient chapter summaries.

Clinically oriented, this comprehensive volume examines

    • Gender development, identity, and segregation in sexual and psychosexual differentiation
    • Subtypes and multiple theories of atypical gender development
    • Evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention techniques for gender identity disorders
    • Eligibility issues for reversible, partially reversible, and irreversible sex reassignment intervention
    • Legal and ethical guidelines for the clinical management of gender problems in children and adolescents

Transgenderism and Intersexuality in Childhood and Adolescence: Making Choices offers an authoritative examination of sexual, psychosexual, and gender differentiation in children and adolescents. Combining empirical knowledge and in-depth research, the authors supply practitioners with the tools to effectively treat intersex, gender dysphoric, and gender variant youth.

An indispensable resource for mental health, medical, and educational professionals who work with children and adolescents, Transgenderism and Intersexuality in Childhood and Adolescence: Making Choices is also an excellent supplementary text for advanced undergraduate, graduate, and credential students in developmental and clinical psychology, pediatric psychiatry, pediatric nursing, and gender studies courses.

Alan E. Kazdin
Series Editor's Introduction
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
List of Abbreviations
 
1. Typical Sexual Differentiation
General Terminology  
Sexual Differentiation  
Development of Gender Identity and Gender Role  
 
2. Gender Identity Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence
Benefit of Historical and Cross-Cultural Data for Clinical Practice  
Cross-Cultural and Historical References (Adults)  
Cross-Cultural and Historical References (Children and Adolescents)  
 
3. Atypical Sexual Differentiation
Introduction  
Chromosomal/Gonadal Conditions  
Female Pseudohermaphroditism  
Male Pseudohermaphroditism  
Other Conditions  
 
4. Atypical Development of Gender Identity and Gender Role
Specific Terminology  
Clinical Picture  
Correspondence Between Childhood Gender Identity Disorder and Transsexualism  
Prevalence and Sex Ratio of GID  
Theories About Atypical Gender Development  
 
5. Clinical Management of Intersex Conditions
Importance of Parent Counseling  
Importance of Child Counseling  
Neonatal Approach  
Information and Support  
Criticism of Clinical Policy  
 
6. Clinical Management of Gender Problems in Children
Introduction  
Diagnosis  
Interventions  
 
7. Clinical Management of Gender Problems in Adolescents
Diagnosis  
Interventions  
Effects of Sex Reassignment  
 
8. Legal Issues of Intersexuality and Transsexualism
Legal Sex Assignment of Intersexes  
Legal Implications of Transsexualism in Adults  
Legal Issues of GID in Childhood and Adolescence  
 
References
 
Name Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Authors
Key features
  • Takes a clinical orientation, focusing on assessment, diagnosis, and treatment issues.
  • Includes discussion of gender development from a cross-cultural perspective.
  • Explores ethical and legal issues surrounding assessment and treatment of disorders associated with gender identity.
  • Includes pedagogical aids such as clinical case studies and chapter summaries.

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