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Is Transgendered Male Androphilia Familial in Non-Western Populations? The Case of a Samoan Village.
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PMID:  23187702     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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In Western populations, male gender atypicality (i.e., cross-gender behavior and identity) and male androphilia (i.e., sexual attraction to adult males) tend to cluster in particular families. Here, we examined whether this familial clustering effect extended to non-Western populations by examining the genealogical relationships of 17 Samoan transgendered androphilic males, known locally as fa'afafine, who were born in the same rural Samoan village. Specifically, we compared the genealogies of these 17 fa'afafine and those of 17 age-matched comparison males born in the same village. In addition to familial clustering, we examined birth order, sibship sex ratio, and sibship size. The fa'afafine were significantly later born than the comparison males and clustered into five and 16 distinct lineages, respectively, which constituted a statistically significant degree of family clustering among the 17 fa'afafine. Hence, the present study indicated that transgendered male androphilia is familial in this particular Samoan village, thus adding to a growing literature demonstrating that male androphilia and gender atypicality have consistent developmental correlates across populations. Discussion focused on the possible bases of this familial clustering effect and directions for future research.
Authors:
Doug P Vanderlaan; John R Vokey; Paul L Vasey
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of sexual behavior     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-2800     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch Sex Behav     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1273516     Medline TA:  Arch Sex Behav     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, Doug.VanderLaan@camh.ca.
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