Sex and Gender Disorders

Andrea Bradford and Cindy M. Meston

in The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Psychology

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195366884
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Sex and Gender Disorders


Sex and gender disorders are classified into three major categories. The sexual dysfunctions are problems that inhibit one’s motivation or ability to engage in sexual activity. Paraphilias are recurrent patterns of sexual arousal and/or behavior involving inappropriate targets of sexual expression. Gender identity disorder is the experience of intense discomfort with one’s assigned gender role, accompanied by the desire to live as a person of the opposite sex. Conceptualizations of sex and gender disorders are ever evolving in response to multiple cultural, scientific, political, and commercial influences. This chapter reviews current practice and emerging concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of sex and gender disorders, with emphasis on recent research findings and key unresolved questions.

Keywords: Gender dysphoria; gender identity disorder; orgasm; paraphilia; sexual arousal; sexual desire; sexual dysfunction

Article.  17451 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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