Gender identity disorder in children

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Gender identity


Gender identity simply means a sense that one has of being male or female and most of the time it matches the anatomical sex. Note that most are the keyword in the previous text. 
Gender identity disorders mean a very strong preference of being the other gender ( the one opposite to the individual's birth sex) either to have a body of the other sex or to be considered as the other gender socially. 
What if I told you you can detect gender disorder from a child as early as 3-4 years?
As a parent, guardian, or concerned relative I believe it's crucial to know all these things.

Signs that a child has gender identity disorder.
For girls, before you get alarmed some prefer gender-neutral clothing ( unisex) they are occasionally called tomboys and this is not a gender identity disorder.  A girl with this disorder strictly refuses to dress up on girls' clothes or gender-neutral, they want boys' clothes.
They keep insisting on wanting to be a boy( and are very serious about it) and how they will grow up to become a man. They strongly despise and avoid all feminine acts. In those childhood games we used to enjoy mother-father games, they would always play the role of a man.

Girls with the disorder may refuse to urinate from a sitting position and claim that they have a penis or it will grow someday. And absolute hate the idea of growing breasts and menstruating.
They often have male companions and they love rough games and sports. They show no interest in dolls.

For a boy, it's a bit tricky, parents shouldn’t rush to conclude that the child has this disorder, some boys just don’t like sports like a ball or any athletic activities and instead prefer staying indoors having a tea party with dolls. Some might even dress up in female costumes and all this can still be normal, just a kid being a kid.

For a  boy with gender identity disorder, it might be difficult for them at school being stigmatized and bullied by their peers for their feminine acts or choice of costume.

They have a very strong preference of being a girl and growing up someday into a woman can be one of the signs crucial signs for gender identity disorder, they have female peer friends, preferring female activities, Playing as a woman(mother, sister) in the house (mother-father games).

Boys with the disorder might declare that their penises are disgusting and may prefer not having one, their gestures can be seen as feminine(body motion and postures)

According to research young children with gender identity disorder rarely tend to become homosexuals when they but it can happen especially if they don’t undergo psychological intervention.

Note; this diagnosis excludes children with anatomical intersex, hermaphroditism( having both female testes and ovaries) because in such cases hormones, confusion of their actual sex can lead to a showing of such symptoms.

Why do children get gender identity disorder? 
Children always develop a  gender identity according to the assigned sex. The formations of gender identity are influenced by children's temperament and parents' qualities and reactions. The first people a child grows to trust are his parents and the same goes for the first few years of his life. Therefore the parents play a big role in a child gender identity 

  • Mother's role
Gender identity


In the first few years, a mother-child relationship is important; a mother should teach the child to be proud of their genders, to love themselves as they are valued and loved just how they are. Children need to be constantly assured that they are loved and proud of to avoid separation-individuation can cause gender process. Separation individuation is when a child begins to develop a sense of self and separate from the mother.  

  • When a child gets a message that the parents expected a different gender, or they would more love if they were opposite sex it can cause them to act like the opposite gender, so you can love them. If by any chance you wanted a girl and got a boy, keep it to yourself. Also treat siblings especially of the opposite sex, with much equality so one doesn’t feel unloved and devalued than the other.
  • A parent’s absence, a mother’s for example either by death or extended absence can cause depression, especially for a young boy. Depression to a kid as a result making him identifying with a mother gender to replace her.

Gender roles exist even for kids, there are games a male child is s supposed to play (robots and cars) and some for girls (doll). Boys are expected to be masculine are tough and energized girls are expected to be feminine. Investigators say that this may not be the case for all children, some boys are delicate and feminine and girls are tough and energized. Parents should know this and let just kids be kids

Treatment.
  • Psychiatric intervention for children with gender identity disorder does not the direction of subsequent sexual orientation
  • This treatment of gender identity disorder for a young child is mainly focused on developing social skills and being comfortable in the sex role expected at birth anatomy. This treatment is successful to some extent though transsexual development may be interrupted.
  • No hormonal or psychopharmacological treatments for gender identity disorder in childhood have been identified.

To sum up, gender roles exist even for kids, there are games a male child is s supposed to play (robots and cars) and some for girls (doll). Boys are expected to be masculine are tough and energized girls are expected to be feminine. Investigators say that this may not be the case for all children, some boys are delicate and feminine and girls are tough and energized. Parents should know this and try to direct kids in a loving way rather than using force, harsh way or commanding as this might make a child detach from the parents and become a loner, And I can say this, no parents want this.


References.
Concise textbook for clinical psychology, third edition
Kaplan&Saddocks

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