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Social and Emotional Tensions during Transsexual Passing

Pat Wojdowski and Irving B. Tebor
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug., 1976), pp. 193-205
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3811713
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Social and Emotional Tensions during Transsexual Passing
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Abstract

This paper explores and discusses the social and emotional conflicts engendered by a sample of twelve passing phase transsexuals (four females and eight males) and the coping mechanisms which they have adopted to meet the demands of this period. "Passing phase" is defined as that period prior to sex change in which the surgical candidate is required to live and work as a member of the opposite anatomical sex. The transsexuals in this study were deeply alienated individuals who received negative support in their dilemma, both from society as well as from the individuals close to them. There seemed to be virtually no means of tension reduction available to these transsexuals. Anger and loneliness were overriding factors in their emotional distress, as well as was the constant fear of being discovered and discredited. Differences were found among four subgroups of transsexuals in regard to several areas.

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