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New Psychological Research

Orestova V.R., Sharkovsky D.M. Personal transitivity: features of the psychological well-being of transgender people with different duration of hormone therapy

Vasilisa R. Orestova, Dr. of Sci. (Psychology), Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia; bld. 6, Miusskaya Square, Moscow, Russia, 125047; v.r.orestova@gmail.com
David M. Sharkovsky, B.A. (Psychology), Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia; bld. 6, Miusskaya Square, Moscow, Russia, 125047; loup.di.steppa@gmail.com

The article reveals the dynamics of personal transitivity on the example of the study of differences in psychological well-being, self-attitude and self-perception of transgender people with different duration of hormone therapy (HT), as well as a longitudinal study of changes in self-perception in the first two years of HT. The cross-sectional study involved 122 people, divided into 3 groups: trans-people who have not started HT; those who have been on HT for up to 2 years and more than 2 years. The longitudinal study involved 19 people who had an HT period of 6 to 16 months at the beginning of the study, and from 12 to 22 months at the end. To study psychological characteristics, participants were offered to pass the Ryff Scales of Psychological Well-being, Multidimensional Self-Attitude Questionnaire, Subjective age Questionnaire and a scale questionnaire for assessing self-perceptions. The results obtained lead to the conclusion that there are significant differences in psychological well-being and self-attitude in the period before HT, in the first 2 years and after 2 years of HT. For example, people who have been on HT for up to 2 years have significantly higher psychological well-being, autonomy, sense of personal growth, self-acceptance and meaningfulness of life than people who have not started HT. While trans people, who have been on HT for more than 2 years express a lower level of self-blame more ability to express anger at others. The results of the cross-sectional and longitudinal studies allow us to conclude that in the first 2 years of HT trans-people might live through subjective feelings similar to the adolescent-like period.

Key words: Personal transitivity, psychological well-being, gender dysphoria, transgender people, transgender transition

For citation: Orestova, V.R., Sharkovsky, D.M. (2022). Psychological well-being, self-attitude and self-perception of transgender people with different duration of hormone therapy. New Psychological Research, No. 2, 68–87. DOI: 10.51217/npsyresearch_2022_02_02_04

Acknowledgement
The work was supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project 19-18-00516 “Transitive and virtual spaces – commonality and differences”.

keywords: Personal transitivity, psychological well-being, gender dysphoria, transgender people, transgender transition

received 18 June 2022

published 18 June 2022

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