The Praeger Handbook of Transsexuality: Changing Gender to Match Mindset

The Praeger Handbook of Transsexuality: Changing Gender to Match Mindset

by Rachel Ann Heath, Rachel Ann Heath
     
 

In this unprecedented book, Professor Heath introduces the transsexual mindset, explaining how identity discord develops and what the most recent research shows about a potential biological basis. She details the history of transsexuality, the psychological, social, and family issues transsexuals face, and the associated legal and human rights issues. Diagrams

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In this unprecedented book, Professor Heath introduces the transsexual mindset, explaining how identity discord develops and what the most recent research shows about a potential biological basis. She details the history of transsexuality, the psychological, social, and family issues transsexuals face, and the associated legal and human rights issues. Diagrams depicting the major elements in Gender Reassignment Surgery are included, as are explanations of the physiological and psychological effects of hormone therapy and associated procedures for transsexuals, their outcomes, and potential complications. The book covers pioneers in gender reassignment such as sexologist Harry Benjamin, M.D., and famous transsexed people including Christine Jorgenson, who made headlines worldwide in 1952 and 1953. Appendices offer lists of support groups and other resources for transsexual men, women, and family members, a link to a list of surgeons worldwide performing GRS, a glossary of transsexed terms, and a summary of the Harry Benjamin Gender Dysphoria Association, the largest international organization focused on transsexuality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275991760
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2006
Series:
Sex, Love, and Psychology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

RACHEL ANN HEATH is Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The author of six books and 18 book chapters, she has earned more than $500,000 in competitive research grants in Australia and the United Kingdom. One of the pioneers in applying chaos theory in both psychology and medicine, she obtained her Ph.D. in psychology from McMaster University in Canada.

Table of Contents

1Transsexuality : history, viewpoints, and prevalence1
2The biological basis of gender identity formation19
3The psychological basis of gender identity formation33
4Gender differences in cognition, personality, and social behavior41
5Interesting correlates of gender identity and sexual orientation51
6Psychological assessment of transsexualism67
7Transsexualism as a medical condition79
8Psychological effects of hormone therapy101
9Hormone therapy113
10Surgical procedures123
11Ancillary procedures141
12Intersex conditions155
13Family and social issues165
14Legal issues177
15Conclusions and future prospects189

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