An Interjacent Life: An Exploration of the Quality of Life and Psychophysical Health of Intersex People

  • Caleb Esteban, PhD. Ponce Health Sciences University
  • Derek Israel Ortiz-Rodz, B.A. Ponce Health Sciences University
  • Yesibelle I. Muñiz-Pérez, B.A. Muñiz-Pérez
  • Luis Ramírez-Vega, B.A. Ponce Health Sciences University
Keywords: Intersexuality, Disorder of Sex Development, DSD, Quality of Life, Health

Abstract

When conducting research with the LGBTIQ community is noted that the intersexuality has been invisible in research. The intersexuality is a little-known subject due to its biological ethology and its invisibility. The research we find of the intersexual community in the field of mental health is minimum, producing little knowledge in the general population, and for health professionals, especially psychotherapists. The objective of this review was to document the quality of life and health of the intersex community. A review of descriptive literature was carried out on the quality of life and health of intersex people. The results suggest that the community has less quality in life, especially in the sexual area and the interaction with other people. In terms of mental health, intersex persons usually present higher levels of psychological symptoms, such as discouragement, anxiety and depression. In addition, many of the conditions or symptoms that cause intersexuality, are accompanied by various medical difficulties that worsen the circumstances of life in the population. Nevertheless, the inter should be celebrated and better incorporated into our diversity concepts and get away from pathologization that culminates in disparity.

Author Biography

Caleb Esteban, PhD., Ponce Health Sciences University

Clinical Psychology Program, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Ponce Health Sciences University, PO BOX 7004, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00732-7004. email: cesteban@psm.edu

Published
2019-10-16