All 3 studies have been approved by the IRB and involve informed consent.
-The first study is for partners of FTMs who remained with their partner through transition and are still with him. This is the FINAL call for this study.
-The second study is for birth assigned females who are planning on beginning testosterone treatment in the near future in order to help their physical appearance more closely align with their gender identity.
-The third study examines the experience of pregnancy in gender variant birth assigned females.
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Colt Meier, MA
University of Houston
STUDY 1: FOR PARTNERS
Relationship Satisfaction of Partners of Female to Male Trans Men
How do I qualify?
Are you 18 or older? Are you a partner of a female-to-male trans man or a female to male trans man who is partnered? Have you been in this romantic relationship before he transitioned (however you define transitioning) and are still in the relationship now?
In order to qualify for this study you (the non-FTM partner) must be at least 18 years old and have not or do not plan to make a gender transition. Your FTM partner must also be at least 18 years old. Research participation is restricted to those who are living in the United States, or international participants who can speak and read English and are willing and able to use Skype. We are especially attempting to recruit partners of color as well as cis-male partners of FTMs, but all cisgender partners are welcome to participate.
Who is doing this and why?
Rebecca Keo, a partner of Colt Meier, a trans man, and a person of color, is conducting a research study on the romantic relationships of trans men. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Houston studying Psychology and LGBT studies. The results from this study will be used for her Undergraduate Senior Honors Thesis. The purpose of this research is to help inform researchers about romantic relationships that persist through a gender transition of an FTM. This study examines the non-FTM partner’s unique experience as they witness their partner’s transition.
What do I have to do to be a part of the research?
The study consists of an online questionnaire, which should take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours for both partners to complete separately. The questionnaires will assess basic demographic information as well as relationship satisfaction, physical and psychological abuse, and alcohol dependence. Upon completion of the questionnaire, the non-FTM partner will be asked to participate in an interview regarding your romantic relationship and experience through his transition. The interview will also last approximately 1-1.5 hours.
Both partners must read and agree to the consent form before filling out the survey and participating in the interview. This study has been reviewed by the Committee for Protecting Human Subjects at the University of Houston.
How do I get started?
If you would like to get more information or to participate in this research study, please email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Partner of FTM Research. From there, she will ask you a few questions to make sure that you qualify, and then send you the consent form to look over. If you would still like to participate after reading and signing the consent form, she will send you a link to the online surveys, one for each partner. After you both fill out the surveys, then Rebecca will work with you to set up an interview time for the partner of the FTM (via phone or Skype).
STUDY 2 FOR TRANS MEN: Are you 18 or older? Do you currently identify as a female-to-male transgender or transsexual, or have identified as FTM in the past and now identify as male but have NOT started T?
A self-identified transsexual male, Levi Herman, is conducting a research study on persons who identify as transgender men. He is a student at the University of Houston and the results from this study will be used for his senior honors thesis. The purpose of this research is to examine changes in cognitive functioning, due to testosterone.
In order to qualify for this study you must be at least 18 years old. You must not have started testosterone before the first testing session. You must plan to start testosterone within the next year and plan on taking testosterone for at least one year. If you are interested, email Levi at email@example.com with your first name and telephone number. He will call you for an initial telephone screen.
The study consists of three visits lasting about 1 hour each where Levi will send questionnaires to non-local participants. Local participants will be measured at the Univesrity of Houston. These measures will be conducted over the period of one year: first pre-T, second 3-4 months after starting T, and third 10-12 months after starting T. You will be asked to fill out questionnaires that assess basic demographic information, personal transitioning plans, and cognitive functioning. Local participants will take a psychological test at the University of Houston This study has been reviewed by the Committee for Protecting Human Subjects at the University of Houston.
If you are interested, please contact Levi at firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDY 3 PREGNANCY IN GENDER VARIANT PERSONS
Study participants will be natal females who (a) are not currently pregnant, (b) carried a pregnancy that did not result in pregnancy loss within the past five years, (c) identified as gender variant at the time they conceived and throughout pregnancy and birth, (d) were “out” to healthcare providers regarding their gender identity throughout pregnancy and birth, (e) gave birth in the United States, and (f) are fluent in English.
Summary of Participation Scope
For this case study research, participants will be asked to allow me to interview them. The interview will be conducted by Skype, will be recorded and transcribed, and should last 60 to 90 minutes. Participants will also be asked to fill out an online demographic survey. Participants who do not have a personal computer and/or webcam will be loaned a netbook with webcam free of charge for their use in the study. Participation in this research is voluntary and participants are free to withdraw their consent to participate at any time without penalty. Any report of this research that is made available to the public will not include participant names or any other individual information by which they could be identified. There is currently no research on providing care to gender variant people during conception, pregnancy, birth, and the post-partum period. By participating in this study, participants will make a critical contribution to gender variant healthcare.
Please feel free to contact Simon Adriane Ellis if you have any questions or concerns. I can be reached by phone at (206) 890-4446 or by email at email@example.com. Alternately, you may contact Danuta Wojnar, Seattle University Assistant Professor and Chair of Maternal/Child and Family Nursing, at (206) 296-2544. If you have any concerns that this research violates the rights of participants, please contact Dr. Bruce Koch, Chair of the Seattle University Institutional Review Board at (206) 296-5815.
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