Nature or Nuture : The case of a boy who became a girl

TitleNature or Nuture : The case of a boy who became a girl
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSchillo, KK
Corporate AuthorsNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo,
Date Published11/2011
PublisherNational Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo
KeywordsANTHROPOLOGY , BIOETHICS , BIOLOGY , Bruce , David , gender , GENETICS , John , neuroscience , PSYCHOLOGY , Sex , Sexual , SOCIOLOGY
AbstractThis case explores the question of whether gender identity is determined strictly by genetics (nature) or social variables (nurture). It is based on a true story about a man who was raised as a girl and later rejected the female gender identity. The case is designed to help students think scientifically about sex and gender and introduce them to the concept of sexual differentiation. Although developed for an undergraduate course in human anatomy and physiology as an introduction to discussions of the reproductive system, it could be used in a general biology course as a way of giving students practice with critical analysis and making predictions based on theories as well as in a developmental biology course as a way to apply information from animal models to human sex and sexuality.
URLhttp://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/collection/detail.asp?case_id=612&id=612
Home Web Sitehttp://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/
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