Gender Identity Disorders Of Childhood

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Korte et al. (2008) suggests that gender identity disorders can manifest themselves in varying degrees of severity from early childhood onward. Children who are affected express an intense desire to belong to the opposite sex or insist that they are, in fact, the opposite sex. Gender dysphoric children typically display characteristic behaviors of the opposite sex, preferring playmates of the opposite sex, as well as clothing and games that typically pertain to it. They may also express the desire to have the genitalia of the opposite sex, or become convinced that they already have them. The research article suggests that the diagnosis of gender identity disorder of childhood requires the symptoms begin before puberty. According to biological