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Gender Identity (Sexual) Disorder, Cross-dressing and Transsexual Conflicts

Recently submitted by Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D.
Gender Identity (Sexual) Disorder, Cross-dressing and Transsexual Conflicts

Recommended Web Sites: Child Healing: Strengthening Families and Institute for Marital Healing

This site has a chapter on gender (sexual) identity disorder which explains the psychological reasons which lead children to identify primarily with the opposite sex and to desire to cross dress. GID is the most common childhood precursor to transsexual issues. The primary emotional conflict in these children is the failure of the child to identify with and accept the goodness of one's masculinity or femininity. Drs. Zucker and Bradley in their textbook on GID report that 80% of children with this disorder experience a resolution of their symptoms. Zucker and Bradley's research also demonstrates serious emotional conflicts in the majority of the mothers of these children.

The Catholic Medical Association has information available on understanding children who have difficulty embracing the goodness of their masculinity or femininity and the desire for cross dressing at www.narth.com/docs/CMApressrelease.pdf. Also, a recent article describes the controversy surrounding the treatment of children with hormones in preparation for trans gender surgery.

Several articles on the transsexual issues, the desire for sex change surgery can be helpful in ministry to families with these conflict:
www.narth.com/docs/desiresch.html
http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/is_changing_gender_as_simple_as_changing_clothes

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