A Stranger in My Own Body: Atypical Gender Identity Development and Mental Health

Editor : Domenico Di Ceglie

A Stranger in My Own Body: Atypical Gender Identity Development and Mental Health

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  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 1998
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 364
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 6773
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855751835
  • ISBN 10 : 1855751836
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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 aimed at a multidisciplinary professional readership and interested lay people.

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'I very much hope that, by facing the tensions generated at the boundaries between these different perspectives, new ideas and new models will emerge to help us increase our understanding of this area of human development, to the benefit of the children, adolescents, and families facing these complex problems.'
- Domenico Di Ceglie, from his Preface

'Phenomenologically, this is a very important book: it draws the attention of health care personnel, teachers, media people, and parents to the phenomena of gender identity development, which have a very long history of virtual total neglect. Like all other aspects of development, gender identity can in a variety of ways become derailed. All too often, the response of adults has been to blame the victim and to punish or criminalize the derailment. "Halt!", says this book. It is time to approach gender identity in the non-judgmental way of science.'
- John Money, from his Foreword

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