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2014-08-16 Twenty new articles and the 2017 ICD reform

posted 17 Aug 2014, 05:38 by Cake Kidd   [ updated 17 Aug 2014, 05:38 ]


Some scientists and activists are trying to get the diagnosis of childhood gender dysphoria eliminated from the new World Health Organisation diagnostic manual (ICD-11), to be published in 2017. They have a very simple and persuasive argument: Transgender children do not require treatment. I’m fully supportive of this notion – it will help further to depathologise transsexualism. For details, please read “Gender Troubles: What’s Wrong With the WHO Proposal for Gender Incongruence in Childhood” by Dr. Sam Winter at the GID Reform Weblog.

Aaaanndd … I added twenty new articles today; here is a summary:

  • Ciocca, Limoncin et al. add further evidence for transsexuals having psychological similarities with their desired gender. They write in the “The Journal of Sexual Medicine”, 2014, that the facial preferences of untreated male-to-female transsexuals mirror those of non-transsexual women. Women prefer less sex-dimorphic faces for relationships, heterosexual men like hyperfeminised faces.

  • A 1996 German study in “Der Urologe” from Jarrar, Wolff and Weidner finds that sex reassignment surgery improves psychosocial status.

  • A Turkish team (Ozata et al.) published a 2014 study in “European Psychiatry” states that sex reassignment surgery is associated with improvements in quality of life, self esteem, family support, sexual life satisfaction and interpersonal relationships and reduction in worries about gender discrimination and gender victimization.

  • Ferraz, Coelho et al. add more evidence to gender dysphoria having a heritable component with their case study of a transsexual mother and daughter in “European Psychiatry”, 2014.

  • The “International Journal of Transgenderism” published a 2014 study by Manieri, Castellano et al. finding that hormone treatment increases quality of life and body image, and seems to be free of major risks.

  • For female-to-male transsexuals, a 2014 study in the “Journal of consulting and clinical psychology” by Keo-Meier, Herman et al. finds a direct positive effect of hormone therapy on psychological functioning.

  • Guzman-Parra, Paulino-Matos et al. report in the “Journal of dual diagnosis” in 2014 that substance abuse and social anxiety in transsexuals is at the same level for non-transsexuals.

  • Gamarel, Reisner et al. write in the “Journal of family psychology” in 2014 that partnerships of transsexuals are negatively influenced by societal stigma. This study was also reported on in the University Herald.

  • Iranian scientists Meybody, Hajebi et al. find that transsexuals are more often affected by milder psychological disorders, such as depression and specific phobia (“Psychiatry Journal”, 2014).

So, a lot of interesting stuff today, with more evidence that transsexualism has a biological component and is helped by hormone treatment and sex reasignment surgery … Take care and be well! ✨