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Can cultural beliefs cause a gender identify disorder?


Tucker, JB and Keil, HHJ, Can cultural beliefs cause a gender identify disorder?, Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 13, (2) pp. 21-30. ISSN 0890-7064 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1300/J056v13n02_02


Gender identity disorder (GID) is a relatively rare disorder with an unclear etiology. This case report involves a boy from Thailand who was thought by his parents at birth, on the basis of a birthmark, to be the reincarnation of his maternal grandmother. He subsequently demonstrated cross-gender behavior. A link between his parents’ cultural beliefs and the boy’s cross-gender behavior is explored. Implications for the causes of other cases of GID are explored, and in particular, the question of whether parental expectations, as exemplified by these parents’ cultural beliefs, can be a contributor to the formation of GID is considered. © 2001 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Keil, HHJ (Dr H Keil)
ID Code:25417
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-16

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