Gender Dysphoria

Development, Research, Management

  • Betty W. Steiner

Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (PISE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Betty W. Steiner, Ray Blanchard, Kenneth J. Zucker
    Pages 1-10
  3. John Hoenig
    Pages 11-32
  4. John Hoenig
    Pages 33-73
  5. Kenneth J. Zucker
    Pages 75-174
  6. Susan J. Bradley
    Pages 175-188
  7. Ron Langevin
    Pages 207-225
  8. Kurt Freund
    Pages 259-324
  9. Betty W. Steiner
    Pages 325-350
  10. Betty W. Steiner
    Pages 351-364
  11. Ray Blanchard
    Pages 365-392
  12. Stephen J. Hucker
    Pages 393-410
  13. John Hoenig
    Pages 411-416
  14. Betty W. Steiner
    Pages 417-421
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 423-430

About this book

Introduction

In the decade-and-a-half since I coedited Transsexualism and Sex Reassignment (Green & Money, 1969), remarkable changes have occurred with Harry Ben­ jamin's "transsexual phenomenon" (1966). Formerly, when writing about this condition in scientific journals, it was necessary to define the term transsex­ ualism. Now the lay public recognizes it. Even the American Psychiatric Asso­ ciation acknowledges it as a "disorder," with its inclusion in the Third Edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (1980). Although this "elevation" to the status of mental illness may seem a Pyrrhic victory, it is a recognition of the legitimacy of transsexual ism as a source of human suffering. The controversy that surrounded the decisions in the early patient cases to perform sex-change surgery has largely dissipated. The cries of "collusion with delusion," principally from psychoanalysts, have quieted. The dire predictions of psychosis and/or suicide following surgery as the "last psychic defenses are cut away" have almost never been realized. By contrast, many postoperative patients consider the surgery to have been life-saving. Medical centers worldwide have incorporated programs for evaluating and treating persons requesting sex reas­ signment. Elaborate guidelines for patient management have been developed by an international organization of health care professionals (Harry Benjamin Inter­ national Gender Dysphoria Association, 1981). Harry Benjamin's child has come of age.

Keywords

Syndrom age child diagnosis epidemiology gender health health care identity organizations psychosis sex sexuality suicide syndromes

Editors and affiliations

  • Betty W. Steiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarke Institute of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-4784-2
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-4786-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-4784-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2161
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