University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Cisgenderism in psychology: Pathologizing and misgendering children from 1999 to 2008

Ansara, YG and Hegarty, PJ (2012) Cisgenderism in psychology: Pathologizing and misgendering children from 1999 to 2008 Psychology and Sexuality, 3 (2). 137 - 160. ISSN 1941-9899

[img]
Preview
PDF
YGA & PH 2011 Cisgenderism.pdf
Available under License : See the attached licence file.

Download (485Kb)
[img]
Preview
PDF (licence)
SRI_deposit_agreement.pdf

Download (32Kb)

Abstract

We assessed whether recent psychological literature on children reflects or contrasts with the zeitgeist of American Psychological Association's recent non-discrimination statement on ‘transgender’ and ‘gender variant’ individuals. Article records (N = 94) on childhood ‘gender identity’ and ‘expression’ published between 1999 and 2008 inclusive were evaluated for two kinds of cisgenderism, the ideology that invalidates or pathologises self-designated genders that contrast with external designations. Misgendering language contradicts children's own gender assignations and was less frequent than pathologising language which constructs children's own gender assignations and expression as disordered. Articles on children's gender identity/expression are increasingly impactful within psychology. Cisgenderism is neither increasing nor decreasing overall. Mental health professionals are more cisgenderist than other authors. Articles by members of an ‘invisible college’ structured around the most prolific author in this area are more cisgenderist and impactful than other articles. We suggest how authors and editors can implement American Psychological Association policy and change scientific discourse about children's genders.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as: Ansara, Y. G., & Hegarty, P. (2012). Cisgenderism in Psychology: Pathologizing and misgendering children from 1999 to 2008. Psychology & Sexuality, iFirst, 1-24.doi: 10.1080/19419899.2011.576696. Psychology & Sexuality is available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19419899.2011.576696
Related URLs:
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 17:57
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:57
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/72252

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year


Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800