Video gaming and gender dysphoria: Some case study evidence
Bouman, Walter P.
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During the last two decades, videogames have been occupying an established field of psychological research. In recent years there has been an increase in online gender research, showing that for many groups or individuals this may have psychological benefits (for example, as a way of exploring the functions and gender boundaries in one safe environment). To date, no research has examined the online gender change in individuals with gender dysfunction - people with gender identity problems. Using four case studies, this exploratory study examined the role of gambling in the lives of individuals seeking treatment for gender dysphoria. The main goals were to use exemplary case studies to show that playing games online can be - in some circumstances - a functional way to deal with degenerate identity problems, and that gender change in games can help these individuals to improve gender dysphoria We discuss the limitations of the data collected and suggest recommendations for future research.