The relationship between female-to-male transgender people and their voices
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Trangenderism is the phenomenon of being assigned with one gender at birth and identifying with another gender to an extent that a transition must take place physically and psychosocially in order for the person to feel psychologically well. The voice is an important part of gender identity and how transgender people feel about their voices is a critical element of their transition. Aims: The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the relationship between female-to-male transgender people and their voices in order to ascertain whether there is a need for greater support for this client group from Speech and Language Therapy. Methods and Procedures: A qualitative approach was taken and semi-structured interviews were carried out with 6 male-to-female participants between the ages of 21 and 56. The data was analysed using Interpretational Phenomenological Analysis. Outcomes and Results: The participants expressed changeable relationships with their voices, depending upon their stage in transition. Conclusions and Implication: The outcome showed that were times when the participants could have benefitted from Speech and Language Therapy, but they lacked a full understanding and awareness of the service. What this study adds to the literature: There are few qualitative studies in this area and it is hoped that this study has contributed something of interest to the sparse evidence base.
B.Sc.(Hons) Speech and Language Therapy