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Hormone treatment of gender identity disorder in a cohort of children and adolescents

21 May 2012
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The latest research by the Medical Journal of Australia illustrates a rise in individuals with gender identity disorder (GID), sufferers have a persistent and profound discomfort with their biological sex and a strong identification with the gender of the opposite sex.

Individuals with gender identity disorder (GID) have a persistent and profound discomfort with their biological sex and a strong identification with the gender of the opposite sex. The diagnosis can be made when this is manifested by unrelenting cross-gender thought and behaviour.
Children as young as 3 years of age may experience gender dysphoria and cross-gender behaviour; however, only 16% of these children will continue to have persistent GID in adolescence and adulthood. In the group with profound and persisting cross-gender identification it is characteristic for severe distress to be exacerbated at the onset of puberty, due to revulsion toward unwanted physical changes.
Of the larger group of children who do not continue to have persistent GID in adolescence and adulthood, it is reported that 42% will eventually identify as homosexual or bisexual.

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English
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2012
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