How dresses can make you mentally ill: Examining Gender Identity Disorder in Children

Susan J. Langer, James I. Martin

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Abstract

This paper examines the diagnostic category of Gender Identity Disorder in Children (GIDC) and its evolution. It also critiques the continued use of GIDC on conceptual, psychometric, and ethical grounds. Gender atypicality is a social construction that varies over time according to culture and social class and therefore should not be pathologized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-23
Number of pages19
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

Keywords

  • Childhood
  • DSM
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Nonconformity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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