Transsexual Voice Questionnaire for Male-to-female Brazilian Transsexual People
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OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to verify the answers to the transsexual voice questionnaire for male-to-female transsexual (TVQMtF) people given to individuals who participated in the Gender Identity Program (PROTIG) at the Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil, in relation to some of their demographic characteristics, visual-perceptual evaluations of the face, laryngeal prominence, and auditoryperceptual judgments of voice. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 47 transsexual women aged between 18 and 50 responded to the (TVQMtF). The demographic data and perceptual ratings were selected from the PROTIG database. RESULTS: Among all participants, 55.32% had completed secondary education, and 72.34% had not undergone a sex reassignment surgery; 4.2% of subjects did not use hormones, 23.40% had undergone speech therapy, the average number of years of experience in the female role was 13.98 years, and the participants had been definitively cross-dressing for 5-34 years. Most of the participants had low scores on the (TVQMtF), and significant differences in the total score were observed in accordance with age (higher scores were observed among those <30 years and ≥40 years old) and visual-perceptual evaluations of the face (higher scores were observed in the individual evaluated with masculine face). There were no significant correlations between the total score obtained by the participants and the other demographic variables. CONCLUSIONS: Although most of the participants had low scores on the (TVQMtF), some individuals were still experiencing distress due to being perceived as being of the opposite sex or were dissatisfied with their voices.
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