Gender Variant Role Expression in Childhood

Gender role expression in prepubertal gender variant children has been a topical and controversial issue since the late 1990s. In many Western societies, the topic has generated debates among professionals, self-help organizations, and society at large. This entry describes the terminology used in, and some approaches to, gender role expression in childhood.

The Concept of Gender Identity

The concept of gender identity was first formulated in the mid-1960s, referring to the perception of oneself as a male, female, or other. In some people, this perception is at variance with the physical appearance of one’s body and is a subjective state. With the emergence of the concept of gender identity, it became possible to make sense of human experiences that had until then been ill defined and not ...

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