Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 5–23

How Dresses Can Make You Mentally Ill: Examining Gender Identity Disorder in Children

  • Susan J. Langer
  • James I. Martin
Article

DOI: 10.1023/B:CASW.0000012346.80025.f7

Cite this article as:
Langer, S.J. & Martin, J.I. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (2004) 21: 5. doi:10.1023/B:CASW.0000012346.80025.f7

Abstract

This paper examines the diagnostic category of Gender Identity Disorder in Children (GIDC) and its evolution. It also critiques the continued use of GIDC on conceptual, psychometric, and ethical grounds. Gender atypicality is a social construction that varies over time according to culture and social class and therefore should not be pathologized.

Gender IdentityGender NonconformityChildhoodDSM

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan J. Langer
    • 1
  • James I. Martin
    • 2
  1. 1.Corona Elmhurst Guidance CenterNew York
  2. 2.New York UniversityNew York