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A Controlled Study of Psychological and Social Change after Surgical Gender Reassignment in Selected Male Transsexuals

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Charles Mate-Kole*
Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London, now Department of Psychology, Camp Hill Hospital, 1763 Robie Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3G2, Canada
Maurizio Freschi
Ealing District Hospital
Ashley Robin
Charing Cross Hospital, London


Of two groups of 20 patients accepted for gender reassignment surgery, one was offered early operation and therefore had had surgery by follow-up two years later, while the second was still awaiting operation at two-year follow-up. Although the groups were similar initially, significant differences between them emerged at follow-up in terms of neuroticism and social and sexual activity, with benefits being enjoyed by the operated group.

Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1990 

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