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At birth look like girls externally but internal organs are
At puberty, these males experience relatively normal
Apparently reared as girls and switched to boys in puberty
(See novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides) 5 Alpha Reductase Deficiency Study
(Imperato-McGinely, 1974 N= 33 in Dominican Republic) Study Interpretations
1.Reared as girls and switched to male gender at puberty
(would suggest a triumph of nature over nurture)
2. Significant minority were not able to make switch & were
stigmatized as “half girl freaks”- no possibility of becoming
female role thus switched to males.
(nature doesn’t really triumph)
3. Since condition runs in families kids were identified early
and not brought up either as girls or boys but as “different.”
(not a good test of nature vs nurture) Adrenogenital Syndrome (XX)
(Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, CAS) • Too much adrenal androgen secreted by fetus
• Leads to masculinization of external genitalia (internal
genitalia are normal)
• If caught at birth external genitalia can be surgically altered or
can be treated with cortisone to reduce androgen effects • Social and sexual outcomes...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2014 for the course PSYC 436 taught by Professor Binik during the Fall '11 term at McGill.
- Fall '11