Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Exploring the Validity of the Transsexual Voice Questionnaire for Male-to-Female Transsexuals / Explorer la validité du « Transsexual Voice Questionnaire » appliqué aux transsexuels d’homme à femme

 
Author(s) Shelagh Davies, M.Sc.
Judith Johnston, M.A., Ph.D.
Volume 39
Number 1
Year 2015
Page(s) 40-51
Language English
Category
Keywords transsexual
voice
questionnaire
Abstract Speech and voice feminization for transsexual women is a relatively new field within the scope of speech-language pathology and research in this area is sparse and narrowly focused. The current study investigates the content validity of a newly developed tool, the Transsexual Voice Questionnaire, Male to Female, TVQMtF, (Dacakis, Davies, Oates, Douglas, & Johnston 2013). Five transsexual women were interviewed and the content of the interviews was compared with the content of the TVQMtF items. The themes most frequently expressed in the interviews were the themes addressed in the TVQMtF. Similarly the items on the questionnaire that were rated as particularly problematic concerned the themes that were most frequently raised in the interviews. Although the sample size was small these initial findings indicate that the TVQMtF may provide a valid picture of transsexual women’s real life experiences with voice and is worthy of further study.

La féminisation de la parole et de la voix pour les femmes transsexuelles est un domaine relativement nouveau pour la discipline de l’orthophonie, et la recherche dans ce domaine est rare et étroitement ciblée. Cette étude explore la validité du contenu d’un outil nouvellement développé, le Transsexual Voice Questionnaire, d’homme à femme, TVQMtF, (Dacakis et al. 2013). Cinq femmes transsexuelles ont été interviewées et le contenu de ces entrevues a été comparé au contenu des éléments du TVQMtF. Les thèmes exprimés le plus fréquemment dans les entrevues étaient ceux qui étaient d’abord soulevés dans le TVQMtF. De façon semblable, les éléments du questionnaire qui avaient été jugés particulièrement problématiques étaient les mêmes que ceux qui avaient été fréquemment rapportés dans les entrevues. Quoique la taille des échantillons était petite, ces constatations initiales indiquent que le TVQMtF pourrait offrir un portrait réaliste des expériences de vie de femmes transsexuelles pour ce qui est de la voix et mérite une étude plus approfondie.
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Link http://cjslpa.ca/files/2015_CJSLPA_Vol_39/No_01/CJSLPA_Spring_2015_Vol_39_No_1_Davies-Johnston.pdf
 
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