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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 46, Issue 8, pp 2507–2508 | Cite as

Croatia Needs a Gender Incongruence Diagnosis for Prepubertal Children

  • Nataša Jokić-Begić
  • Velimir Altabas
  • Vesna Antičević
  • Goran Arbanas
  • Dražen Begić
  • Srećko Budi
  • Miroslav Dumić
  • Marina Grubić
  • Jasenka Grujić
  • Nenad Jakušić
  • Gordana Stipančić
  • Davorka Šarić
  • Iva Žegura
Commentary on Winter et al. (2016)

As a small community of trans-healthcare providers in Croatia, we are very interested in the debate on the placement of the Gender Incongruence (GI) diagnosis in ICD-11. We want to contribute to the debate by explaining the situation of health care for gender incongruent persons from a social environment that is predominantly intolerant toward sexual minorities (Štulhofer & Rimac, 2009) and explaining why we need a diagnosis of GI for all age groups, including prepubertal children.

First of all, we want to emphasize that we completely understand arguments given against the diagnosis, especially clinical ones (prepubertal individuals need psychological space, support, and information, not medical treatment and diagnosis). We also agree and support all efforts against the pathologization and stigmatization of gender variant persons. The shift in expert opinion, in which mere gender non-conformity is seen as a variation rather than a disorder, as can be seen in the Standards of Care for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nataša Jokić-Begić
    • 1
  • Velimir Altabas
    • 2
  • Vesna Antičević
    • 3
  • Goran Arbanas
    • 4
  • Dražen Begić
    • 5
  • Srećko Budi
    • 6
  • Miroslav Dumić
    • 7
  • Marina Grubić
    • 7
  • Jasenka Grujić
    • 8
  • Nenad Jakušić
    • 9
  • Gordana Stipančić
    • 10
  • Davorka Šarić
    • 11
  • Iva Žegura
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFaculty of Humanities and Social SciencesZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic DiseasesUniversity Hospital Centre Sestre MilosrdniceZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.University Department for Health StudiesUniversity of SplitSplitCroatia
  4. 4.University Psychiatric Hospital VrapčeZagrebCroatia
  5. 5.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  6. 6.Department for SurgeryClinical Hospital Centre DubravaZagrebCroatia
  7. 7.Department of PediatricsUniversity Hospital CenterZagrebCroatia
  8. 8.Polyclinic for Gynecology GrujićZagrebCroatia
  9. 9.Unit for Children and Adolescent PsychiatryChildren’s Hospital CentreZagrebCroatia
  10. 10.Unit of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology, Department of PediatricsUniversity Hospital Centre Sestre MilosrdniceZagrebCroatia
  11. 11.Psychiatric Hospital for Children and AdolescentsZagrebCroatia

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