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To the beat of a different drummer: The gender-variant child

To the beat of a different drummer: The gender-variant child

Source: Contemporary Pediatrics

By: Ellen C. Perrin, MD, Edgardo J. Menvielle, MD, Catherine Tuerk, MA, RN

Abstract:

The article describes the gender variant child. Gender variance is defined as a behavioral pattern of intense, pervasive, and persistent interests and behaviors characterized as typical of the opposite gender. Gender variance, though, not a common issue in primary care practice, should be taken seriously when it presents. Pediatrician’s guidance is critical because a broad range of parental understanding of, and feelings and attitudes toward, gender variance exists. Physicians can help parents create a family environment that nurtures the child and values his or her uniqueness and individuality by educating, guiding and referring.

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