This qualitative study is aimed at understanding the experiences of three pre-operative male-to-female transgender individuals' perceptions of their genitalia. The participants completed a semistructured interview utilizing projective drawings to elicit a narrative about their perceptions regarding their genitalia. Interview transcripts were analyzed via interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) and three master themes were identified: former identity, detachment, and depersonalization. Each one of the themes sheds a light on the challenges preoperative male-to-female transgender individuals face in living with genitalia that are not congruent with their desired gender. This understanding of the male-to-female transgender perceptions of their genitalia further supports the literature review, suggesting the importance of sex reassignment surgery in order to transition fully to the desired sex for those who wish to do so (Lev, 2004). The findings indicate that sex reassignment surgery is an important step in treatment of gender dysphoria for individuals who wish to obtain surgery.
|Commitee:||Lewis, Christine, Wolmark, Adrienne|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||GLBT Studies, Clinical psychology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Gender, Genitalia, Male-to-female, Pre-operative, Sex reassignment, Transgender|
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