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Raphling, D.L. (1989). The "Sissy Boy Syndrome" and the Development of Homosexuality. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 37:239-242.

(1989). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 37:239-242

The "Sissy Boy Syndrome" and the Development of Homosexuality:

Review by:
David L. Raphling, M.D.

Richard Green's book is the product of a 15-year prospective study of young boys whose gender-role behavior had been characterized as "feminine." It is an outgrowth of previous studies of transsexualism by Green and others which have demonstrated that adult transsexuals consistently exhibited cross-gender behaviors as children. A significant number of homosexual men also have been found to have histories of cross-gender behavior during childhood. These findings generated the major goals of this prospective study: to investigate persistent cross-gender behavior occurring in boys and to study its influence on their emerging sexuality.

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