Transvestism: Previous findings and new areas for inquiry

Thomas N. Wise, Jon K. Meyer

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The transvestite is a heterosexual fetishistic cross-dresser. The phenomenology of the disorder reveals individuals to be heterosexual males who have usually married and fathered children. The course of the disorder is unknown. Many transvestites note genital arousal from cross-dressing abates, yet continue episodically to wear women’s clothes. A small segment of these individuals become gender dysphoric and seek sexual reassignment. Eliologic explanations include pregenital psychopathology in the genesis of the condition. The treatment for transvestism remains disappointing although behavior modification may offer individuals who wish to change their transvestitic behavior some hope. This review suggests new areas for inquiry and possible research strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-128
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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