March 1971

The Term "Transvestism"

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles
From the Gender Identity Research Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(3):230-237. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750090036005

Current terminology in psychiatry has accepted "transvestism" not only as a term, but also as a diagnosis. A review is presented of clinical data on behavior which is classified as "transvestism" as it is used in the literature. In each case I suggest that it is wrongly being used as a diagnosis and not as a symptom of deeper-lying psychological disorders.