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Gender Dysphoria: Cultural Factors

Culture has been studied and analyzed across continents by various anthropologists to fully understand the differences among groups of diverse populations. Culture can be defined as the interlinking of customs, norms, and traditions that represent various cultural factors and beliefs. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), is a taxonomy developed by the American Psychiatric Association to assist clinicians in diagnosing mental health disorders and sexual dysfunction from a medical framework. This Westernized technique lacks the ability to acknowledge how culture can influence different concepts of identity recognized among different societies, including gender dysphoria, which is identified by psychologists as a condition in which a person has been assigned one gender but feels that he or she belongs to another gender. ...

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