Life Adjustment of Transsexual Patients

  • Fred O. Henker


To justify the risk, pain, time, effort and expense of gender reassignment, transsexuals should logically be able to look forward to much improved life adjustment. There is some doubt about this. Among others, Pauly has published fairly optimistic reports (1) (2), while an assessment by Meyer is rather pessimistic (3). Such bleak prognosis prompted a thorough evaluation of the eventual personal adjustment of patients requesting help from the University of Arkansas Medical Center Psychosomatic Clinic for gender dysphoría problems. This paper is a report of the results of the survey.


Hormone Therapy Nursing Assistant Gender Dysphoria Personality Pattern Gender Reassignment 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Pauly, I.B. Male Psychosexual Inversion: Transsexualism. Archives of General Psychiatry, 13: 172–181, 1965.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Pauly, I.B. The Current Status of the Change of Sex Operation. Journal of Nervous and Mental Diseases, 147: 460–471, 1968.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Meyer, J.K. and Reter, D.J. Sex Reassignment. Archives of General Psychiatry, 36: 1010–1018, 1979.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, D.C. 1980, p 261.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred O. Henker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Arkansas for Medical SciencesUSA

Personalised recommendations