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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 42, Issue 5, pp 901–914 | Cite as

Memo Outlining Evidence for Change for Gender Identity Disorder in the DSM-5

  • Kenneth J. ZuckerEmail author
  • Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis
  • Jack Drescher
  • Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg
  • Friedemann Pfäfflin
  • William M. Womack
Technical Report

Introduction

In 2008, when the diagnostic Work Groups for the DSM-5 were established and formally announced by the American Psychiatric Association, one of the first tasks was to review the existing diagnostic categories and to conduct literature reviews. The Gender Identity Disorders (GID) subworkgroup was one of three subworkgroups of the Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders Work Group. Like other working groups, its charge was to evaluate what was, if anything, “good” about the existing diagnosis of GID in the DSM-IV-TR and what, if anything, required changes. The subworkgroup published four literature reviews in which some initial proposals and recommendations were made (Cohen-Kettenis & Pfäfflin, 2010; Drescher, 2010; Meyer-Bahlburg, 2010; Zucker, 2010). The subworkgroup had feedback from its advisors, from other professionals, and from the public, including three periods of APA-sponsored feedback on the DSM-5 website.

Around mid-way during the DSM-5 preparation period, which...

Keywords

Zucker Sexual Attraction Gender Dysphoria Gender Identity Disorder Transsexualism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenneth J. Zucker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Peggy T. Cohen-Kettenis
    • 2
  • Jack Drescher
    • 3
  • Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg
    • 4
  • Friedemann Pfäfflin
    • 5
  • William M. Womack
    • 6
  1. 1.Gender Identity Service, Child, Youth, and Family Services, Underserved Populations ProgramCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Social WorkVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesNew York Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.New York State Psychiatric Institute and Department of PsychiatryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and PsychotherapyUniversity of UlmUlmGermany
  6. 6.Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Children’s HospitalSeattleUSA

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