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What is Gender? Terminology and Definitions

Video Length: 53 minutes

Description:
Every individual has a gender identity and a way that they express it, and this usually becomes apparent in early childhood. While most children identify with their assigned gender, increasing numbers are identifying with a gender that is incongruent with their birth sex and expressing dysphoria. Pediatricians can help patients and their families understand the different components of gender, developmental trajectories of children, and a family’s role in supporting positive gender identity.

*This video is a part of Caring for Transgender Youth, Presented by the AAP Section On LGBT Health & Wellness Webinar Series

Learning Objectives:
After viewing this video, the learner will be able to:

  • To define gender identity, gender expression, gender role, and transgender.
  • To describe ways pediatricians can support healthy gender development in all children.
  • To identify “first steps” and resources to support parents in developing healthy gender identity in their children.

Authors:
Ilana Sherer, MD, FAAP
American Academy of Pediatrics

Chad Rodgers, MD, FAAP
American Academy of Pediatrics

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