Gender Identity Disorder And Children : Let 's Think This Through By Kathleen Stassen Berger

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Gender Dysphoria was previously referred to as Gender Identity Disorder or transsexuals and is characterized by “a marked incongruence between one’s experienced or expressed gender and one’s assigned gender as a male or female” (Sue, Sue, Sue and Sue, 2014, p. 363). Using an article written for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing (2012), “Gender Dysphoria in Children: Let’s Think This Through” written by Hein and Kathrene Berger, and our text, “Invitation to the Lifespan (2014)” by Kathleen Stassen Berger, we will expand upon the effects of what was proposed in the article and it would affect a child. Although highly controversial, Hein and Berger argue against diagnosing a child with GD providing several key points, while our text helps to back them up regarding the psychological affects and describes the different theories behind a child developing GD. A look behind the theories helps to understand where the controversy comes from. Laura C. Hein and Kathrene C. Berger (2012) wrote an article entitled “Gender Dysphoria in Children: Let’s Think This Through.” The intent of their article was to examine whether or not “the diagnosis of gender dysphoria in children fulfills the purpose of the DSM” and if a child should identify as transgendered or not (Hein and Berger 237). Hein and Berger argues that there are one of two purposes of diagnosing a child with GD: (a) assist the child with GD to “function more effectively” as a transgendered or to (b) assist the child become more comfortable with their own gender (237). If we are considering the clinical purpose of assisting a child with GD to function as a transgendered, it’s not necessary to label the child as having GD. In a country without socialized medicine,... ... middle of paper ... ...tity by conforming to gender norms. Going back to Hein and Berger’s article, we can see how different theorists view children becoming adjusted with their gender. As our text progresses, we note problems that may arise with children who are conflicted with their gender. Possible complications arise with fitting in with their peers, social isolation set by their peers, unhealthy attachment with their parents, and maltreatment from their parents, (227, 228, 144, and 232). Although this topic is highly controversial, and being “transgendered” has a negative stigma to it, Hein and Berger do a phenomenal job of identifying key reasons why children should not be diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria while leaving their personal views out. It’s imperative that the general people accept that these children are no different from you or I. They simply have different gender values.

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