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Prevalence of Axis II Disorders in a Sample of Clients Undertaking Psychiatric Evaluation for Sex Reassignment Surgery

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The aim of the present study is to assess the prevalence of Axis II disorders (DSM-IV-TR) in a sample of clients requesting sex reassignment surgery (SRS), consecutively admitted to a Gender Identity Disorder (GID) psychiatric unit. Fifty clients self-referred as transsexuals (34 biological males and 16 biological females; mean age = 31.74 ± 7.06 years) were assessed through the SCID-II after a preliminary evaluation to exclude current major psychiatric disorders. Prevalence of any Axis II disorder was 52% (N = 26), with no significant differences related to biological sex. The most frequent personality disorders were Cluster B PDs (22% of total sample), followed by Cluster C (12%) and Cluster A PDs (2%). A significant prevalence of NOS PD (16%) was also found. Our data offers prevalence estimates slightly higher than those found in previous studies and does not provide evidence for any differences in the psychopathological profile and severity between MtF and FtM transsexuals.

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The authors are heartily grateful to Chiara De Panfilis, M.D. (University of Parma, Italy) for the constructive comments on a previous draft of this paper and to Mr Ray Valido for editing the English version.

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Madeddu, F., Prunas, A. & Hartmann, D. Prevalence of Axis II Disorders in a Sample of Clients Undertaking Psychiatric Evaluation for Sex Reassignment Surgery. Psychiatr Q 80, 261–267 (2009).

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