Etiology of Transsexualism

  • John Hoenig
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (PISE)


The answer to the question of what determines gender identity in hermaphrodites is still not definitively answered in spite of much research that was described in the previous chapter. All the findings show the enormous influence played by sex assignment at birth and rearing, and some workers, like Ellis (1945) and Money and his co-workers (Money, Hampson, & Hampson, 1957) even conclude from their studies of hermaphrodites that sex assignment at birth and rearing play the overriding roles in determining not only gender identity but also eroticism.


Temporal Lobe Gender Identity Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Gender Behavior Preoptic Nucleus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hoenig
    • 1
  1. 1.Clarke Institute of PsychiatryGender Identity ClinicTorontoCanada

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