Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 245–253 | Cite as

Comparison of sex-typed motor behavior in male-to-female transsexuals and women

  • David H. Barlow
  • Joyce R. Mills
  • W. Stewart Agras
  • Debra L. Steinman


Eight presurgical male-to-female transsexuals emitted significantly more feminine behaviors on a validated sex role motor behavior checklist than eight feminine women. Transsexuals also emitted more masculine behaviors than feminine women, although the total number of masculine behaviors in each group was far less than the total number of feminine behaviors. Indications for the management of transsexuals as well as the functions of sex role motor behavior in our society are discussed.

Key words

sex-typed motor behavior transsexualism masculinity femininity 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • David H. Barlow
    • 1
  • Joyce R. Mills
    • 2
  • W. Stewart Agras
    • 3
  • Debra L. Steinman
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyState University of New York at AlbanyAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.NashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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