Gender Identity Case Study

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1. According to the Johns Hopkins University psychologist, the theory that a child’s gender identity is determined by environmental variables such as the social conditions in which the child is raised. Assuming that this theory is valid, Brenda who was Bruce will have female behaviors and function as a normal. The way his parents raise her will influence her gender identity. Since he will not be able to naturally develop genital parts to function as a boy, his surgery will make her believe that she is girl as she gets older. 2. If he were not subjected to gender re-assignment surgery and raised as a boy, Bruce would still function normally as a boy. There would not be much evidence to distinguish his gender identity but to accept the fact …show more content…
According to the text, the results of the studies contradict each other. The extent to which exposure to hormones affects gender identity in humans remains unclear. For instance, in the first study, male children who were born without penises, castrated soon after birth, and reared as females. Out of 16 subjects, five were living as female, three had unclear gender identities and eight were living as males. In the second study, 43 girls were exposed to androgens during fetal development. Scores on gender identity interviews for girls exposed to androgens were similar to control girls. Moreover, girls with androgens resulted in development of male genitalia were no more likely to express masculine behaviors than control girls. These studies show that nurture should be reviewed as a study because the result will always be different when compared to nature. 2. From a Christian perspective, I would suggest them to pray before they act on the current situation. I would also tell them that they do not have to act upon the problem it will not make the male infant uncomfortable to live with. As one reads this text, it is unpleasant to hear what David had to go through as child. I would probably suggest to them that they could do surgery if they think the process would have a positive …show more content…
Some people might say that the person was destined to have homosexual behavior even before they were born. Others might disagree with this idea because the Creator did not have any favoritism when he was creating the world. He did not create certain people to be a specific way. He created everyone equal. I am not quite sure how one would advocate for homosexual behavior in men and women because this subject is something that I am trying to make sense of. 4. One might advocate homosexual behavior in men and women in the nature theory by saying that the environment that these people are raised in caused them to be that way. Maybe their parents, siblings, friends and also the different things that participated in can impact their behavior in a way or the other. 5. Nature is an important factor in the development of some mental health issues while nurture can also affect mental health in a different perspective. It can be caused by the environment where one may live. They are both important because some of the genes need environmental factors in order to have better functions. People cannot develop normal sight without the things in the environment. One reason why a nurture and nature experiment might not have been done is because they both represent a critical factor in one’s

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