Sex, Gender and Culture: Issues in the Definition, Assessment and Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder

  title={Sex, Gender and Culture: Issues in the Definition, Assessment and Treatment of Gender Identity Disorder},
  author={Louise K Newman},
  journal={Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry},
  pages={352 - 359}
  • L. Newman
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Sociology
  • Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
As a diagnostic category, gender identity disorder remains problematic with ongoing debates concerning aetiology, definition and ethics of treatment. Inherent in the current DSM definition is a Western model of the relationship between sex and gender which epitomizes the tension existing between essentialist and constructivist accounts of gender development. This model determines that gender-aberrant behaviour and gender variation are, by definition, pathological, and reinforces a binary gender… 

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