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Chapter 12 - Disclosure

from Section 4 - Working Psychologically

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 November 2022

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How to talk about variations in sex development is a major theme for impacted individuals and families. This is the topic of Chapter 12. The author summarizes the research literature with caretakers and with adults about the difficulties of disclosure. Considerable criticism has been levied at health professionals for failing to role model affirming communication. For sure there are gaps in health professionals’ talk, but the biggest contributor to the difficulties is to do with the widespread misunderstanding about the biological variations. Psychological care providers are not there to put a cheerful gloss over clients’ negative expressions. However, they can be part of the favorable social condition in which a wider range of meanings about bodily differences are negotiated. In the practice vignette, the author highlights how tentative and uncertain the enabling process is, where a negative view of sex variations is still widely endorsed in the social context.

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Variations in Sex Development
Medicine, Culture and Psychological Practice
, pp. 206 - 227
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Disclosure
  • Lih-Mei Liao
  • Book: Variations in Sex Development
  • Online publication: 18 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009000345.017
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  • Lih-Mei Liao
  • Book: Variations in Sex Development
  • Online publication: 18 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009000345.017
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  • Disclosure
  • Lih-Mei Liao
  • Book: Variations in Sex Development
  • Online publication: 18 November 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009000345.017
Available formats
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