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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

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

Eric Vilain

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0004

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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