Psychological research and intersex/DSD: recent developments and future directions

Katrina Roen har sammen med Vickie Pasterski skrevet en artikkel i Psychology & Sexuality


Clinical management of intersex/DSD has been evolving, since the early 1990s, towards a goal of holistic, patient-centred care offered by specialist multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). This evolution has been championed by service users and practitioners alike. With the Consensus Statement on the Management of Intersex Disorders came clarification of MDT functioning and further recognition of psychological/psychiatric services as a key part of clinical management. In this article, we look at the intersection where academic and clinical psychologies converge with patient care in the case of the intersex/DSD individual, post-consensus statement. First, we map out conceptual advances in understanding psychosocial and psychosexual well-being, pointing to areas where psychology stands to make a significant contribution. We then discuss recent outcome research focusing on affected adults, youth, children and their parents. We address advances in service provision, focussing on the specific issues of disclosure of diagnosis and potential gender assignment. Finally, we point to trends and ideas for future research and highlight a gap in the literature bridging psychosocial and neuropsychological approaches. We recommend better engagement across research paradigms, in the interest of optimal health care approaches for people who live with intersex/DSD.

Psychology & Sexuality, 2013, DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2013.831218

Published Dec. 3, 2013 8:30 AM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2019 11:36 AM