Transgender Identities: Research and Controversies

Francisco J. Sánchez and Eric Vilain

in Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199765218
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979585 | DOI:
Transgender Identities: Research and Controversies

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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

Chapter.  8865 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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