The Science and Politics of Diagnosis

Reflections on the DSM-5 Work Group on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

Authored by: Kenneth J. Zucker

Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860254
eBook ISBN: 9781315716596
Adobe ISBN: 9781317507468


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In early 2007, the editor of this volume informed me that he expected to be nominated as the chair of the DSM-5 Work Group on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders. I could not think of a better choice. I was delighted when Dr. Levine asked me to serve as the head of the Gender Identity Disorder subworkgroup. It was something that I had hoped for, as I became aware that a DSM-5 Task Force was being assembled. I had previously worked on subcommittees for Gender Identity Disorder in the DSM-III-R and the DSM-IV, and I was also responsible for text changes in the DSM-IV-TR. For DSM-5, I felt that I had acquired the necessary credentials and experience to serve as the chair of the Gender Identity Disorders subworkgroup.

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