"To speak or not to speak": Voice satisfaction in adolescents with gender dysphoria

Sally Phillott

Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

HAs worked for over 5 years as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Manager of the Leeds base of the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service with children and adolescents. Prior to this worked for 15 years as a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist in a DSD service.

Amelia Taylor

Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

After completing a Masters degree in Social Research Has worked for over 2 years as a Researcher at the Leeds base of the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service

Background

Standardized questionnaire data and clinical observations in the national gender identity development service (GIDS) for young people in the UK suggested that dissatisfaction in relation to the voice was a common presentation... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

The current audit aimed to gather more detailed information regarding voice dissatisfaction in adolescents with gender dysphoria in order to explore whether there was a need for the GIDS to provide additional support in... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

The Transsexual Voice Questionnaire (TVQ) (Dacakis and Davies 2012), a standardised questionnaire for adults who identify as male to female (MtF) was adapted (with permission from the author) to ensure suitability for... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

Adapted Transsexual Voice Questionnaire (TVQ) (Dacakis and Davies 2012) [ view full abstract ]

Results

Results of 204 adapted TVQ, demonstrate that concerns about the voice have a negative impact on social functioning. The service found that adolescents assigned female at birth were as distressed as adolescents assigned males... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

Service data from the BIS demonstrated that 77% of assigned males and 80% of assigned females are dissatisfied with their current voice. This current survey has demonstrated a negative impact for both assigned males and... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Sally Phillott (Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust), Amelia Taylor (Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust), Matei Dudu (Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Mental health

Session

OS-2AB » Mental Health IIb: Discrimination and Stigma (11:00 - Friday, 7th April, Aegean)