Health professionals’ factual knowledge and changing attitudes toward transsexuals

Health professionals’ factual knowledge and changing attitudes toward transsexuals

 

Franzini LR, Casinelli DL.
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
Rudolph Magnus Institute of Neurosciences, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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Abstract

 

General practitioners (GPs), obstetrician-gynecologists, urologists, psychiatrists and clinical psychologists (total N = 202) were randomly surveyed to assess their knowledge of the syndrome of transsexuality and their attitudes toward transsexual patients and sex reassignment surgery.

A low return rate, though, requires that the present data be interpreted prudently.

Where possible, the current findings were compared with the attitudinal data published in 1966 by Green, Stoller and MacAndrew. Over this interval an increasingly liberal and favorable trend in attitudes was noted amongst all medical specialties.

‘Liberal’ refers to a willingness to recommend a surgical remedy and ‘favorable’ refers to a less psychopathological perspective of the syndrome and greater social acceptance of these individuals.

In the present sample GPs tend to hold the most conservative views, while clinical psychologists consistently endorse the most liberal positions. No differences emerged among the five groups of health care professionals on the factual knowledge assessment.

Citation: Soc Sci Med 1986;22(5):535-9 an article published on the Internet by PubMed <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/>