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Quality of Life for Transsexuals after Surgery December 20, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in Gender Identity, psychology, Sex reassignment.
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A while ago, I reported a study showing that individuals who had undergone sex reassignment surgery had no regrets. Here is another study, this time from France.

Study of quality of life for transsexuals after hormonal and surgical reassignment

N. Parola (MSc)a,∗,c, M. Bonierbale (MD)a, A. Lemaire (MD)b,V. Aghababian (PhD)c, A. Michel (PhD)a,d, C. Lanc¸on (MD, PhD)aa UF de sexologie et de dysphories de genre, service de psychiatrie et de psychologie médicale, CHU Sainte-Marguerite,13274 Marseille cedex 9, Franceb 12, rue de Cannes, 59000 Lille, Francec Laboratoire psyclé, centre de recherche en psychologie de la connaissance, du langage et de l’émotion (EA 3273),université Aix-Marseille-I, Marseille, Franced Laboratoire de psychologie (EA 4210), psychopathologie et société, université Montpellier-III, route de Mende,34199 Montpellier, France


Aim.—The main objective of this work is to provide a more detailed assessment of the impactof surgical reassignment on the most important aspects of daily life for these patients. Our secondary objective was to establish the influence of various factors likely to have an impacton the quality of life (QoL), such as biological gender and the subject’s personality.

Methods.—A personality study was conducted using Eysenck Personality Inventory (EPI) so asto analyze two aspects of the personality (extraversion and neuroticism). Thirty-eight subjectswho had undergone hormonal surgical reassignment were included in the study.

Results.—The results show that gender reassignment surgery improves the QoL for transsexuals in several different important areas: most are satisfied of their sexual reassignment (28/30),their social (21/30) and sexual QoL (25/30) are improved. However, there are differences between male-to-female (MtF) and female-to-male (FtM) transsexuals in terms of QoL: FtM have a better social, professional, friendly lifestyles than MtF. Finally, the results of this study did not evidence any influence by certain aspects of the personality, such as extraversion and neuroticism, on the QoL for reassigned subjects.© 2009 Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.



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