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how common is gender identity disorder in high schoolers?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
18 years experience Clinical Psychology
True GID is rare: Gender identity disorder is fairly uncommon. Some studies suggest fewer than 1 in 100, 000. However, high school being a time of identity expression may lead to greater outward expression of the disorder that has likely been present since childhood. However, cross gendered dressing and behaviors are not necessarily a reflection of gid. Attraction to the same sex and bending gender rules isn't gid.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
27 years experience Clinical Psychology
We Don't Know: As the american psychiatric association's, iv-tr ed. States "there are no recent epidemiological studies 2 provide data on prevalence of gender identity disorder." it goes on 2 mention numbers of cross-gender identified individuals who sought gender-"reassignment" surgery in europe decades ago when discrimination against these individuals was extreme. These numbers have long been used as...
Answered on May 12, 2016
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
27 years experience Clinical Psychology
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... estimates of how many children/teens/adults identify themselves differently from the gender they were assigned at birth. From these numbers, it has been assumed that 1 of 30,000 persons assigned "male" at birth & 1 of 100,000 assigned "female" have "Gender Identity Disorder." As the struggle for equality among gender diverse individuals and their loved ones has been gaining ground in the last decade, we're learning that these numbers greatly underestimate the numbers of gender diverse individuals. We're also no longer only counting number of people who seek gender-affirming surgery based on the reality that many gender diverse individuals do not seek surgery or cannot access surgeries (or other body altering treatments). Bottom line: we don't know how many high schoolers have cross-gender (or dual-gender or no-gender) identification. Research published in 2010 did indicate that once children reach puberty expressing a strong cross-gender identification, that cross-gender identification rarely subsides. (See Zucker KJ. The DSM diagnostic criteria for gender identity disorder in children. Arch Sex Behav. 2010;39(2):477–498)
May 25, 2013

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