The Gender Dysphoria Scale

Research paper by R. Langevin, V. Majpruz, L. Handy

Indexed on: 01 Mar '89Published on: 01 Mar '89Published in: Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment


The Gender Dysphoria (Gd) Scale developed by Althof, Lothstein, Jones and Shen (1983) was compared in a data base sample of 483 cases. There were 46 gender patients, 383 sexually anomalous patients and 54 community controls. The Gd Scale did show that gender patients had highest scores but there were indistinguishable from homosexuals (androphiles) who had no apparent gender dysphoria. Community controls also scored higher than nonhomosexual sexually anomalous patients. An examination of the Gd scales test properties showed that it had poor internal consistency and tended to be biased by education and IQ. Suggestions fro improving the Gd scale are offered.