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Gender identity disorder in children and adolescents 

Gender identity disorder in children and adolescents
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Gender identity disorder in children and adolescents
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Richard Green

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10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0223
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date: 20 February 2018

Psychosexual development of sex-typed behaviours spans a broad mix of the elements that comprise ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’. The possibility for variation is extensive. Among males, there are boys and men whose stereotypical masculinity may pose problems in mental health and criminality. They are not the focus here. Rather, here it is the marked deviation from the mean towards the ‘non-masculine’ or ‘feminine’ extreme. That pattern can also cause clinical concern and constitutes gender identity disorder (GID) as manifested in childhood. For females, conventional ‘tomboyism’ is not the focus here, but rather the extreme that can cause clinical concern and constitutes GID.

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