Atypical gender behaviour

Atypical gender behaviour, also called “childhood gender nonconformity”, is a phenomenon in which children do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. In boys, this may include taking a strong interest in self-grooming, clothes, domestic subjects, dancing, or playing with toys usually associated with girls (such as dolls), and a preference for girl playmates. Gender nonconformity in girls may include types of grooming, dress and activity usually associated with boys (such as rough play, interest in machinery).

While atypical gender behaviour may have a biological component, it has no identifiable genetic cause or anatomical basis, and is not dealt with further here.



Last updated: 19 September 2013

Edit history: Author P. Koopman 9/12; revised PK 5/13