Date of Award

8-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Clinical Psychology

Colleges & School

College Of Arts And Sciences

First Advisor

Mark Rusch, PhD

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Sexual minorities; Sexual minorities--United States--Interviews; Sexual minorities--Identity; Transgender people; Transgender people--Identity; Transgender people--United States--Identity; Transgender people--United States--Interviews

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to provide an extensive review on a variety of issues relevant to transgender individuals. I conducted interviews to gather valuable information from these participants regarding their experiences with their gender identity. I conducted structured telephone interviews with 22 participants ranging in age from 20 to 62 years old. Eight individuals identified as female to male (FTM) transgender, 5 identified as male to female (MTF) transgender, 2 identified as gender queer, 3 identified as androgynous/androgyne, 1 identified as trans masculine, 1 identified as non-gendered/third gendered, 1 identified as gender queer/trans-male and 1 identified as hermaphrodite. Transgender individuals generally are satisfied with the results of surgery and hormone therapy and express feeling more comfortable with their bodies post-treatment. The experience of getting to the point where they have access to hormone therapy or surgery is what can be stressful, because of the time it takes as well as the professionals they encounter who are not always understanding of their situation. Conclusions. It is important for transgender individuals to have access to competent and educated health professionals, whether they are therapists, gynecologists, or general practitioners. By interacting with professionals who are familiar with transgender issues or who simply know how to work with diverse populations, transgender people will be able to transition in a way that is less stressful.

Rights

On-Campus Access

OCLC Number

758993296.00

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