Understanding Gender Dysphoria

Understanding Gender Dysphoria : Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture

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Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Honorable Mention
Few topics are more contested today than gender identity.
In the fog of the culture war, complex issues like gender dysphoria are reduced to slogans and sound bites. And while the war rages over language, institutions and political allegiances, transgender individuals are the ones who end up being the casualties.
Mark Yarhouse, an expert in sexual identity and therapy, challenges the church to rise above the political hostilities and listen to people's stories. In Understanding Gender Dysphoria, Yarhouse offers a Christian perspective on transgender issues that eschews simplistic answers and appreciates the psychological and theological complexity. The result is a book that engages the latest research while remaining pastorally sensitive to the experiences of each person.
In the midst of a tense political climate, Yarhouse calls Christians to come alongside those on the margins and stand with them as they resolve their questions and concerns about gender identity. Understanding Gender Dysphoria is the book we need to navigate these stormy cultural waters.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 191 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 272g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0830828591
  • 9780830828593
  • 57,654

Table of contents


1. Gender Identity, Gender Dysphoria and Appreciating Complexity

2. A Christian Perspective on Gender Dysphoria

3. What Causes Gender Dysphoria?

4. Phenomenology and Prevalence

5. Prevention and Treatment of Gender Dysphoria

6. Toward a Christian Response: At the Level of the Individual

7. Toward a Christian Response: At the Level of the Institution


Author Index

Subject Index
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Review quote

Understanding Gender Dysphoria is a good introduction to a complex issue, approached through both scientific and theological lenses. . . . It would be an excellent reference for pastors and parents seeking to understand the complex decisions those with gender dysphoria must navigate.--Ty Grigg, Covenant Quarterly
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About Mark A. Yarhouse

Mark A. Yarhouse (Psy.D., Wheaton College) is professor of psychology and Hughes Chair of Christian Thought in Mental Health Practice at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist. His other books include Sexual Identity Synthesis: A Guide to Living in the Time Between the Times, coauthored with Lori A. Burkett, and Sexuality and Sex Therapy: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, coauthored with Erica S. N. Tan.
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517 ratings
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5 27% (139)
4 49% (251)
3 19% (97)
2 3% (17)
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