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Gender dysphoria in children and young people has become a significant health and welfare issue over the past 20 years as increasing numbers of young people declare themselves transgender and demand gender affirmation treatment, an experimental process involving social transition, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and mutilating surgery. Sadly, the voices of gender identity politics and a powerful transgender lobby have drowned out the desperate pleas of parents, young people and health professionals for a rational discussion based on available evidence regarding best treatment and management. In this set of collected papers, Dianna Kenny explores and integrates a number of key issues including the flawed ideology of transgender politics, gender development in young children, the safety of available medical treatments, the role of the internet and social contagion in the increasing numbers, key issues in decision making and the implications of transgender legislation on female sport participation.


Children Sexuality and Child Sexual Abuse

In the past 20 years, the progressive uncovering of child sexual abuse in institutional settings has reverberated across the globe with simultaneous investigations across Europe and the English-speaking world. However, most books on child sexual abuse are narrowly focused and do not situate this most distressing of human behaviours within a social or historical context. Children, Sexuality, and Child Sexual Abuse examines child sexual abuse from a broader perspective in order to understand how and why child sexual abuse is perpetrated, by whom, under what circumstances, and with what societal consequences for victims and perpetrators. 

This book will be an essential reference for all those working in the field of child sexual abuse.


Stress and Health: Research and Clinical Applications (Biobehavioural Perspectives on Health and Disease Prevention)

With contributions from psychologists, researchers, and clinicians, this work presents a global perspective on current developments in the field divided into five broad categories: biological, physiological, and psychological bases of stress; health consequences of stress; management of stress and stress-related disorders; stress, cardiovascular disease and cancer and occupational stress.


Bringing Up Baby: The Psychoanalytic Infant Comes of Age

This is an important text that synthesises diverse literatures and theories on infant development into a coherent framework that illuminates the essence of infancy for all those who have infants, study infants, teach about infancy, make policy with respect to infant welfare, and work medically or therapeutically with mothers and their infants. It brings together in one volume the principal theories of infant development, beginning with Freud’s vision of the Oedipal infant, moving through the post-Freudian conceptualizations of the infant of Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, and the British Independents with Donald Winnicott as exemplar, then to the attachment theorists, the intersubjective theories, the cognitive developmental psychologists, examining the work of Jean Piaget and the neo-Piagetian cognitive theorists concluding with the modern infant of developmental neuroscience and an examination of the neurobiology of attachment, stress, and care giving.

From Id to Intersubjectivity: Talking about the Talking Cure with Master Clinicians

Psychoanalysis has moved a long way from the techniques of classical psychoanalysis but these changes have not been understood or disseminated to the wider community. Even university scholars and students of psychology have an archetypal view of the original form of psychoanalysis and do not appreciate that major changes have occurred.

This book commences with a detailed outline of the origins of psychoanalysis and an explanation of key terms, which are often misinterpreted. The second chapter examines the changes that have occurred in theorising and practice over the past 120 years and explores key developments. The following chapters contain an interview with a practitioner working in one of each of the four major branches of modern psychoanalysis – object relations, attachment informed psychotherapy, intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy, and relational and intersubjective theory. There follows textual, content, conceptual, and thematic analyses of the transcripts of interviews and commentaries on a therapy excerpt exploring commonalities and differences among these theoretical approaches. The book closes with a consideration of how these differences translate into clinical practice.

Music performance anxiety: Theory, assessment and treatment

LAP Lambert Academic Publishing (2016)


Music performance anxiety: Theory, assessment and treatment / 978-3-659-96979-9 / 9783659969799 / 3659969796 (

Music performance anxiety can end the musical aspirations of even the most talented and dedicated musician. Mastering music performance anxiety can be almost as challenging as the most difficult concerto or operatic role. Yet, there are currently very few evidence-based treatments for this potentially debilitating condition. In this book, Dianna Kenny synthesizes 15 years of research into this challenging and relatively neglected area. First, she explores the underlying psychological factors that contribute to music performance anxiety. She then presents ways of assessing and treating music performance anxiety, emphasizing that treatment needs to be individualized according to each musician’s unique life history. This book is essential reading for music psychologists, music therapists, musicians, music teachers, and psychotherapists who work with anxious musicians.


The Psychology of Music Performance Anxiety

Why are some performers exhilarated and energized about performing in public, while others feel a crushing sense of fear and dread, and experience public performance as an overwhelming challenge that must be endured? What are the factors that produce such vastly different performance experiences? Why have consummate artists like Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pablo Cassals, Tatiana Troyanos, and Barbra Streisand experienced such intense music performance anxiety? This is a disorder that can affect musicians across a range of genres and of all standards. Some of the ‘cures’ musicians resort to can be harmful to their health and detrimental to their playing.


God, Freud and Religion: The Origins of Faith, Fear and Fundamentalism

The Bible tells us that God created man in his own image. Freud argued the reverse – that Man created God in his image. This book interrogates these two propositions to provide a coherent account of why people might believe in God. In God, Freud and Religion, a psychoanalytic perspective and Freud’s works on religion offer a framework for examining the genesis of religious belief and its use in manipulating human behaviour for secular or political purposes. Drawing on theories from psychoanalysis, developmental, cognitive, social psychology, and neuroscience, Dianna Kenny examines arguments for and against belief and explores the relationship between science and religion, and between religion and cognition and emotion.


Australia’s Adolescents

A collection of research papers on the health of Australian adolescents. Six papers investigate eating and body-image problems, another six mental health, stress, unemployment and suicide, five are on risk taking and road safety, five on AIDS, five on general health care issues, two on adolescent pregnancy, and one each on asthma, sexual behaviour, and menstruation. With one exception, all contributors are Australian academics and health care professionals. Includes index.


Young Offenders on Community Orders: Health, Welfare and Criminogenic Needs

“The 2006 NSW State Plan has clear priorities and targets to support decision making and respond to the needs of the community, amongst which are some of particular interest for the population […]. These include reducing re-offending, improving access to quality healhtcare and providing early interventions for disadvantaged populations, particularly among vulnerable young people.”