The psychology of people with variable sex characteristics/intersex

Hegarty, Peter (2023). The psychology of people with variable sex characteristics/intersex. Current Opinion in Psychology, 49, article no. 101539.



Psychological research on people with variable sex characteristics (VSC)/intersex is broadening from the traditional exploitation of this population to ask nature/nurture questions about sexuality and gender. Healthcare for this population has been highly controversial, prompting research on psychological outcomes and life-span development of adults with VSC, and distress trajectories of parents of children with VSC. Psychological research on clinical psychologists’ roles in multidisciplinary care teams and decision making about medical pathways informed by those teams can inform the evaluation of contemporary healthcare. Research is broadening to consider schoolchildren with VSC, elite athletes with VSC, and public understanding of VSC. The growing interdisciplinary field of intersex studies provides critical resources for psychologists.

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