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.

Gender Identity Disorder in Childhood and Adolescence: A Cultural Blank Space

Gender identity disorder in childhood and adolescence: A cultural blank space

In the process of gender identity formation during childhood and adolescence many challenges have to be overcome and many conflicts mastered. Societies and cultures offer a wide range of patterns to help stabilize growing youngsters, including various rituals for gender role rehearsals. Some societies encourage opposite gender role rehearsals at least in certain developmental periods; others discourage such behavior. Respective examples from Sumatra, New Guinea, Melanesia, among the Pilagá of Argentina, and among the Yolngu of Arnhem Land (Australia) were described by Money and Ehrhardt (1972).

The majority of individuals develop their gender identity in accordance with their bodily outfit. Even though adult transgenderism and ...

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