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Trends in Medical Research
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 72-82
DOI: 10.3923/tmr.2007.72.82
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Are Gender Identity Disorders Mental Disorders? A Forensic Consideration

B.R. Sharma and Manisha Gupta

Historically the research, assessment and treatment of Gender Dysphoria (GD) and Gender Variance (GV) have tended to pathologize transvestites (also known as cross dressers) transsexuals (TS) and transgendered (TG) people, in addition to transqueers. Encouragingly, this transphobic psychological paradigm is shifting to a more transpositive one as a response to political pressure by TS/TG consumers and trans-identified mental health and sexual health providers and also as a result of more information about transpeople. To optimize this increasingly collaborative relationship between GD/GV clients and the mental health community, we must ensure that our clinical orientation is one that is truly responsive to the changing real-life needs of a highly diversified trans-population, including the rights to self-determination and comprehensive health care. The new gender created by the reassignment surgery has, in turn, led to many legal complications for postoperative transsexuals because in many developed and the developing countries, transsexuals are not given a legal identity, thereby adding to their agonies and miseries. This paper examines the gender identity disorders with a forensic viewpoint.
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B.R. Sharma and Manisha Gupta , 2007. Are Gender Identity Disorders Mental Disorders? A Forensic Consideration. Trends in Medical Research, 2: 72-82.

DOI: 10.3923/tmr.2007.72.82






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