Being an XY female: An analysis of accounts from the website of the androgen insensitivity syndrome support group

Cameryn Garrett, Maggie Kirkman

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We report an investigation of the experience of being an XY female through the analysis of accounts posted on an Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome support group website. We investigated management of narrative identity following diagnosis, focusing on barriers and aids to narrative revision. Barriers included the sense of stigma arising from secrecy imposed by doctors and families in a society assuming binary sex and gender. Women were assisted in deriving new meaning from their condition by finding that others share a collective narrative of XY womanhood. The results of this research have implications for the medical and psychological management of XY females.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428 - 446
Number of pages19
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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