What is Gender Dysphoria?: A meta-narrative review

Zowie Davy

Centre for LGBTQ Research, De Montfort University

Zowie Davy PhD is a Senior Lecturer and her work centres on medicolegal constructions of gender and sexuality, politics of diagnosis, depathologizationand healthcare of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people alongside the cultural competencies of professionals in relation to their LGBTQI patients.

Michael Toze

University of Lincoln

This presenter did not provide a biography.


In the DSM-5 (APA, 2013), the authors have changed the diagnosis for trans people of all ages from Gender Identity Disorder (GID) to Gender Dysphoria (GD). They have also broadened the diagnosis to include intersex. The... [ view full abstract ]


In this paper, we determine what GD is (in the literature), and then make some recommendations to journals’ editorial teams about characterizations of GD regarding consistency of use, descriptions of participants in the... [ view full abstract ]


The present study is a meta-narrative review, which identified 598 papers, and asks simply: What is Gender Dysphoria? We searched multiple journal databases from all disciplines. The terms we used were Gender Dysphoria and... [ view full abstract ]


We coded the literature inductively resulting in a number of substantive narrative themes. We have developed an analysis, which tells the stories of how GD is characterized in sexological, medical, sociological and the... [ view full abstract ]


We will draw together the narrative characterization of Gender Dysphoria, the implications and limitations of the eclectic array of usage in academic literature. We will make some recommendations about how best to make more... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Zowie Davy (Centre for LGBTQ Research, De Montfort University)
  2. Michael Toze (University of Lincoln)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Social sciences


OS-3D » Social Sciences III: Transgender Citizenship (11:15 - Saturday, 8th April, Mediterranean)