Biology of Gender Identification

  • Considering both “typical” and “atypical” (i.e., pseudohermaphrodites) sexual development, briefly analyze the effects sex hormones seem to have on the development of gender-related behavioral and psychological characteristics in humans. In other words, what “masculine” characteristics are related to male hormones, and what “feminine” characteristics are related to female hormones?
  • Briefly summarize the journal article you found (ATTACHED), including discussion of the following points, IF RELEVANT:
    • At what age and in what ways the subject(s) demonstrated characteristics of transgender.
    • Possible sources (causes) of these characteristics, if addressed in the article.
    • Description and outcome of any treatments that were attempted, if addressed.
  • Compare and contrast two sources of information (textbook and journal article) regarding biology and gender identity. Include all of the following that are relevant:
    • How do the sources differ with respect to the type of information provided? In other words, what information can be gained from a literature review (textbook) versus a case study/research report (journal article)?
    • On what points would the two sources agree?
    • On what points would the two sources disagree?
    • How do the two sources complement one another in helping you to understand the biological basis of gender identity? Be specific, using examples where appropriate.

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