Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
A transsexual is defined as a person who strongly identifies with the opposite sex. This is also known as gender identity disorder. The individual may identify with the opposite sex to the point of believing that he or she is, in fact, a member of the opposite sex who is trapped in the wrong body. This causes the person to experience serious discomfort with his or her own biological sex. A person with gender identity disorder may or may not know that they actually have a disorder. Not knowing they have this disorder, they can’t explain the problems they experience in school, work, or even social settings. This research examines the history of transsexualism, the diagnostic criteria, and the theories behind gender identity disorder. It addresses the ever-present question of choice and it also explains why transsexuals, who are only striving to be happy with their true selves, are so easily misunderstood.
Gender identity disorder
Cook, Kristopher J., "Gender Identity Disorder : A Misunderstood Diagnosis" (2004). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 53.