Toward a protocol for transmasculine voice: A service evaluation of the voice and communication therapy group program, including long-term follow-up for trans men at the London Gender Identity Clinic

Mills, Matthew and Stoneham, Gillie and Davies, Skye (2019) Toward a protocol for transmasculine voice: A service evaluation of the voice and communication therapy group program, including long-term follow-up for trans men at the London Gender Identity Clinic. Transgender Health, 4 (1). pp. 143-151. ISSN 2380-193X

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Abstract

Purpose: A service evaluation was undertaken with 10 participants identifying as trans men who received voice and communication group therapy and 12-month follow-up at the London Gender Identity Clinic between February 2017 and March 2018, to investigate levels of satisfaction, how helpful they found the program in facilitating vocal change and skill development, and whether they would recommend it to others. Methods: Participant evaluations of overall and ideal rating of masculinity of voice, and level of feeling comfortable with voice, evaluations of voice skills and changes in speaking and reading fundamental frequency were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed. Results: Six participants reported being very satisfied with the service; four were satisfied. Eight participants found the program very helpful in achieving voice and communication change; two found it helpful. Eight strongly agreed and two agreed with recommending the service. Participants' overall and comfort ratings of voice significantly increased (p<0.01), while there was no significant change in ideal ratings (p=0.063), and a significant decrease in the difference between overall and ideal ratings (p<0.01). Participants achieved a significant decrease in fundamental frequency for reading and speaking (p<0.01), a significant decrease in voice fatigue (p=0.039) and restriction in voice adaptability (p<0.01), a significant increase in confidence in public speaking (p<0.01), but no significant change in vocal projection (p=0.07). Conclusion: Ten trans men reported high levels of satisfaction with the voice group program and long-term follow-up, making significant positive shifts in voice skills and vocal self-perception. These findings apply locally but suggest appropriate interventions toward a transmasculine voice modification protocol.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transgender Men, Group Therapy, Gender Identity Clinic
Subjects: Sex Psychology > Transsexualism
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling
Department/People: Special Units
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2000

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