My Note: This is a well done piece from 2019. The psychologist that ran the study that begin in 2013 followed 85 gender-nonconforming participants, ages 3 to 12 and kept in touch with the families over the years. They, she learned that some of those children eventually transitioned.were different to those who did not, Much of the study runs counter to the junk science the thet transgender opponents are using.
Do read the whole article and see my *footnote on Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and hs ruling concerning Transgender kids health care.
BY: Ed Yong
|Lily Curran (far right), who is transgender
plays with a group of friends, some of whom are also trans.
After a while, she realized that she had inadvertently recruited a sizable group of 85 gender-nonconforming participants, ages 3 to 12. And as she kept in touch with the families over the years, she learned that some of those children eventually transitioned. “Enough of them were doing it that we had this unique opportunity to look back at our data to see whether the kids who went on to transition were different to those who didn’t,” Olson says.
|The American Physiological Association - 5 questions for Kristina Olson
“There’s a lot of public writing focused on the idea that we have no idea which of these gender-nonconforming kids will or will not eventually identify as trans,” says Olson. And if only small proportions do, as some studies have suggested, the argument goes that “they shouldn’t be transitioning.” She disputes that idea. “Our study suggests that it’s not random,” she says. “We can’t say this kid will be trans and this one won’t be, but it’s not that we have no idea!”
Russell Toomey from the University of Arizona, who studies LGBTQ youth and is himself transgender:.
This study provides further credence to guidance that practitioners and other professionals should affirm—rather than question—a child’s assertion of their gender, particularly for those who more strongly identify with their gender,”
Devor and others note that Olson’s earlier studies suggest that children who are supported and affirmed in their transitions are just as mentally healthy as cisgender peers.
That reminds him of seminal work by the American psychologist Evelyn Hooker. In the 1950s, when many psychologists saw homosexuality as a mental illness (largely because they had only ever worked with gay people who had records of arrest or mental-health problems), Hooker surveyed a more representative sample and found that gay and straight men don’t differ in their mental health.
That was instrumental in getting homosexuality removed from a list of mental-health disorders in 1987. “We’re sitting in a similar moment today with transgenderism,” says Devor. “The mental-health issues that we see are largely the result of living a life that blocks your expression of your gender. My view is that the work coming out of Olson’s group will have an Evelyn Hooker effect.”
I am reminded of what Robyn Kanner wrote in The Atlantic last year: “Society has done nothing for trans youth for so many years. People have to trust that the youth who sway in the breeze of gender will land on their feet when they’re ready. Wherever that is, it’ll be beautiful.”
See Also this from the Princeton Alumni Weekly - Psychology Study Seeks to Understand Transgender Youth
*My Note: Read Florida medical boards sign off on ban prohibiting gender-affirming care for kids See also is "Is Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo qualified? This one of many politically motivated decision he has orchestrated under the the Ron DeSantis governorship.