Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria Brown

Second Advisor

Glenda Dewberry-Rooney

Third Advisor

Scott Bartell


This study examined the social power and status differential between men and women from the perspective of transsexual individuals. Eight transsexuals, took part in two separated focus group sessions held on different evenings. Five open ended questions designed to examine power differences were asked. Findings indicate men and women experience life differently and are treated differently, both positively and negatively, across a wide variety of situations. Although participants were asked to view their gender experiences in discrete categories, it was extremely difficult for them not to discuss their transition process and those experiences unique to the transsexual as inherent components of their gender experiences. Researches are encouraged to take into consideration the experiences of transsexuals in their future studies.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Dickelma.T

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