NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2019, Book 1

Sociology and healthcare

QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE PERSONS WITH INBORN GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER SYNDROME 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Karnat

ABSTRACT

The paper discusses the issue of quality of life of persons with Inborn Gender Identity Disorder Syndrome (IGIDS). The sociological concept of quality of life is a useful concept to explain many aspects of social activity and social practices implemented by individuals as well as specific social groups and categories. So far, in Poland, there is no comprehensive (in the legal, medical and social sense) solution to the problems of persons with IGIDS [1]. This leads to discrimination and significantly worsens the conditions for their functioning in society. The high frequency of suicidal thoughts and attempts (including frequent self-mutilation) among this social category is the best proof of how uncomfortable life is for people with this congenital disorder and how much difficulty they have to face. Negative social perception only deepens their sense of marginalisation and alienation. Therefore, sociological identification of the real problems of persons with IGIDS becomes very important as regards the attempts to improve this situation.
The purpose of the paper is to consider the research possibilities of getting to know the lifestyles and quality of life of persons with IGIDS. Sociological recognition of these issues may be useful from the point of view of the impact on raising public awareness of this developmental disorder. It can also contribute to a better understanding of the problems of those affected by the public. Raising awareness of this problem seems to be an antidote to negative prejudices and marginalisation of persons with IGIDS that are found in society.

KEYWORDS

lifestyle, biographical method, autobiographical interview, life course (trajectory), qualitative and quantitative methods

REFERENCE

NORDSCI Conference Proceedings 2019, Book 1, Conference Proceedings, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-05-8, QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE PERSONS WITH INBORN GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER SYNDROME , 281-287 pp, DOI paper 10.32008/nordsci2019/b1/v2/31