New study: Trans kids gender ID deeply held — not confusion or pretense

trans kids patheosLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Major finding from the new research study: trans kids’ gender identity is deeply held — not pretense or the result of confusion.

From the researchers as reported in Medicalxpress: “. . . our results support the notion that transgender children are not confused, delayed, showing gender-atypical responding, pretending, or oppositional—they instead show responses entirely typical and expected for children with their gender identity.” . . .

“The data reported in this paper should serve as further evidence that transgender children do indeed exist and that this identity is a deeply held one.”

University of Washington psychological scientist Kristina Olson began the study after she watched a friend with a trans child deal with a lack of scientific information for parents of trans kids.

Olson: “Doctors were saying, ‘We just don’t know,’ so the parents have to make these really big decisions: Should I let my kid go to school as a girl, or should I make my kid go to school as a boy? Should my child be in therapy to try to change what she says she is, or should she be supported?”

The study by Olson and co-authors Nicholas Eaton at Stony Brook University and Aidan Key of Gender Diversity will be published in Psychological Science shortly.


This study pretty much debunks claim that trans kids are pretending, or are confused.


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5 replies

  1. I read this article with interest at Medicalxpress. Thank you for posting these most important items. It is ridiculous that, at 67, I am still waiting for doctors to substantiate what we all know: that gender identity is inherent and not a figment of a child’s imagination. I knew I was female at age two. Fortunately my will was stronger than my parents, peers, and educators. Otherwise, all of that music I made would have never existed because I wouldn’t have lived to twenty.

    Thank you for your service to our world. This earth needs you and brave women like you. I deeply appreciate what you do. Your reporting on the deaths of trans-people alone must take an enormous toll on you. Please stay healthy and well. I could not do what you do. Not many of us could. Thank you so much!

  2. Touche. Great arguments. Keep up the good effort.


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