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Transgenderism and Intersexuality in Childhood and Adolescence

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
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

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



7. Clinical Management of Gender Problems in Adolescents


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

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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