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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Interpretative phenomenological analysis of projective drawings of pre-operative male-to-female transgender individuals' perception of their genitalia
by Zhikhareva, Natalia P., Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 110; 3665663
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peterson, Christine
Commitee: Lewis, Christine, Wolmark, Adrienne
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: LGBTQ studies, Clinical psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Gender, Genitalia, Male-to-female, Pre-operative, Sex reassignment, Transgender
Publication Number: 3665663
ISBN: 978-1-321-38464-2
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