This book brings together the thinking of an international group of clinicians, researchers, and professionals from different disciplines and is based primarily on a selection of papers presented at a conference on the same topic held at the Tavistock Centre, London, in November 1996, but with additional original contributions. It presents a dialogue amongst the various perspectives that can be taken about atypical gender identity development and their relevance to mental health in children and adolescents. The book is for multidisciplinary professional readership and interested lay people.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- Development and mental health: the issue of difference in atypical gender identity development -- Reflections on the nature of the “atypical gender identity organization” -- Associated psychopathology in children with gender identity disorder -- The complexity of early trauma: representation and transformation -- Biological contributions to atypical gender identity development -- The contribution of social anthropology to the understanding of atypical gender identity in childhood -- Some developmental trajectories towards homosexuality, transvestism, and transsexualism: mental health implications -- Gender identity disorder, depression, and suicidal risk -- Gender identity development and eating disorders -- Child sexual abuse and gender identity development: some understanding from work with girls who have been sexually abused -- Intersex disorder in childhood and adolescence: gender identity, gender role, sex assignment, and general mental health -- Management and therapeutic aims in working with children and adolescents with gender identity disorders, and their families -- Case illustrations -- Children of transsexual parents -- Introduction to "Gender Identity Disorders in Children and Adolescents Guidance for Management" -- The Gender Identity Development Unit at the Portman Clinic, London -- Mermaids