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Date of Award

7-25-2008

Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Jane M. Tram, PhD

Second Advisor

Adrienne Wolmark, PhD

Abstract

Little research on the psychological functioning of individuals in the early stages of gender transition is available. The purpose of the current study was to assess depression and self-concept in relation to the amount of time on hormone administration and level of social support. Five self-identified males and three self-identified females, ages 19-35, participated in this study. No significant differences were found between the self-identified males and the self-identified females. It was determined that number of days on hormone administration was not a significant predictor of depression or self-concept. When social support was added, this was not a significant predictor of depression or self-concept. We also did not find social support to be a significant predictor of the. relation between time on hormone administration and depression, or time on hormone administration and self-concept.

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