Year: 1988 Source: Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, v.43, (1988), p.351-365 SIEC No: 19910866

Offers clinical vignettes to use the expression of fantasy configurations to illustrate the underlying complexity of gender identity. One example is that of a 16.5 year old female referred for therapy following a brief psychiatric hospitalization after a suicidal gesture. She expressed concern about her sexual identity, claiming she was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. Fantasy configurations about gender were revealed in the Ss’ inner states of conflict & confusion. (20 refs.)