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Chapter 5: Clinical Management of Intersex Conditions
Most parents are deeply shocked when discrepancies between the sex characteristics of their child are discovered. This is not only the case when they have a newborn with ambiguous genitals. They may be equally upset when, at later ages of the child, the chromosomes or gonads of the child appear not to be in accordance with the external genitals and sex of rearing (Slijper, Frets, Boehmer, & Drop, 2000). Interventions should never be only medical. When the children themselves are too young to understand their situation, the first psychological care concerns the parents.
Parents need emotional support and adequate information. They struggle with emotions like grief, shame, anxiety, and guilt and try to understand ...