Communicative satisfaction of male-to-female transsexuals Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The aim of this qualitative study was to gain an understanding of the way male-to-female transsexuals perceived their communication and their satisfaction with it in different aspects of their lives. Three focus groups were conducted for the purposes of this study, each consisting of four participants. The transcribed dialogues of the groups were analysed using a grounded theory approach to find the common underlying themes. These then formed the basis of the five major categories that identified key themes relating to transsexuals' communicative satisfaction: communicative situations, emotions, groups of people, other contributing factors, and features of communication. The results revealed that although participants commented on the situations and contexts in which they experienced decreased communicative satisfaction, it was not always important to them to maintain their female communicative patterns in situations in which they felt comfortable. These five categories guided the development of a two-part pilot Functional Communicative Satisfaction Questionnaire (FCSQ). The FCSQ explores a variety of situations that the participants identified as impacting on their communicative satisfaction. Further development of the FCSQ is likely to enable speech pathologists to have a more informed approach to the management of this population.

publication date

  • January 2008