Body image and personality traits of male-to-female transsexuals and homosexuals

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Ali Bozkurt
Hasmet Isikli
Fusun Demir
K. Nahit Ozmenler
Zeynep Gulcat
Tunay Karlidere
Hamdullah Aydin
Cite this article:  Bozkurt, A., Isikli, H., Demir, F., Ozmenler, K., Gulcat, Z., Karlidere, T., & Aydin, H. (2006). Body image and personality traits of male-to-female transsexuals and homosexuals. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 34(8), 927-938.


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The aim in this study was to identify the body image and personality traits of male-to-female transsexual and homosexual persons in Turkey: 36 homosexuals and 52 male-to-female transsexuals were evaluated. According to the Body Cathexis Scale (Secord & Jourard, 1953) transsexuals compared with controls are statistically more satisfied with their waist, height, eyes, hips, legs, body posture, and weight; dissatisfied with their body hair distribution, shoulder width, and genitals. Homosexuals compared with controls are statistically more satisfied in height, sharpness of senses, hips, legs, sexual activity, and body posture; and dissatisfied in body hair distribution and genitals. It may be interpreted that transsexuals identify with female body. The Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (Eysenck & Eysenck, 1978) revealed that transsexual participants have statistically higher mean neuroticism (N) scores than do controls.

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