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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Transgender Identities: Research and Controversies

Transgender Identities: Research and Controversies

(p.42) 4 Transgender Identities: Research and Controversies
Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Francisco J. Sánchez

Eric Vilain

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of scientific understanding of transgender issues, drawing from empirical articles published in peer-reviewed journals. It briefly summarizes biological and psychological research aimed at understanding the development of a transgender identity. It highlights four controversies that have caused tension among psychologists while straining the relationship between the profession and the transgender community: gender identity disorder as a diagnosable mental disorder; the description of autogynephilia among male-to-female transsexuals; the treatment of childhood gender nonconformity; and the proposition that transsexualism is an intersex condition.

Keywords:   transgender identity, gender identity, mental disorder, autogynephilia, male-to-female transsexuals, childhood gender nonconformity

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