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The knowledge and attitudes of experts in treatment of transsexual individuals


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Jurman, Joško. (2014). The knowledge and attitudes of experts in treatment of transsexual individuals. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jokić-Begić, Nataša].

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The Croatian health system faces the problem of inadequate support for transsexual individuals, due to the fact that the diagnosis and treatment depend on the attitudes of the experts the individual reaches out to. It is necessary to gain more insight into the attitudes of professionals towards this group of people, as well as their opinions on how transsexual individuals should be treated. The aim of this study was to examine the attitudes of experts who are involved in the treatment of transsexual individuals (general practitioners, endocrinologists, surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists). In-depth interviews were conducted with three experts of each profession. The subjects of the interviews were their work experience with transsexual individuals thus far, the aetiology of transsexuality, the type of treatment they considered necessary, as well as expected outcomes of treatment. Additionally, the experts were asked how they would proceed if a transsexual individual reached out to them for help, as well as what they think is a fitting solution to the administrative problem of sex reassignment. The results of this study indicate a lack of knowledge and formal education in this field amongst experts, as well as to an overall poor representation of this topic at professional gatherings. Moreover, although experts usually agree on the necessity of different professions in the treatment of transsexual individuals, it can be concluded that there is need for specialised teams for treatment of this disorder. This study has shown that even experts consider transsexuality a dominantly mental disorder and that treatment should be focused on the psychological component.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: transsexuality, attitudes, experts, interview
Subjects: Psychology > Klinička psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jokić-Begić, Nataša
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 06:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2016 06:00

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