Childhood Gender Nonconformity and the Development of Adult Homosexuality
Edited by Robin M Mathy, Jack Drescher
CRC Press – 2009 – 182 pages
This book presents leading experts on the scientific study of gender, providing their views on what we know today about the relationship between gender nonconformity in childhood and future adult sexual identities or behaviors. This book explores the topic from a wide range of perspectives, including historical, sociological, psychological (social and developmental), and psychiatric viewpoints. Parents, parent educators, therapists, and counselors who work with gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents or adults and/or gender atypical children will find this resource insightful and very useful.
It presents highly respected authorities offering their own expertise and perspectives on a subject of much cultural controversy. Chapters explore: historical and cultural examples which suggest that homoerotic relationships during adolescence or early adulthood do not necessarily lead to homosexuality; the difficulty in identifying an example of a pattern of childhood behaviors that is predictive of outcome; a review of empirical retrospective and prospective literature; whether there is a causal link between childhood gender nonconformity and sexual orientation; and the diagnostic category of Gender Identity Disorder in the most recent DSM.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health.
Robin M. Mathy is a doctoral candidate at Oxford University and works as a psychotherapist and addictions counselor. She is co-author (with Frederick L. Whitam) of Male Homosexuality in Four Societies: Brazil, Guatemala, the Philippines, and the United States, and co-editor (with Shelly Kerr) of Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Mental Health (Haworth, 2006).
Jack Drescher is a Fellow, Training and Supervising Analyst at the William Alanson White Institute and Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University Postodoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.