Published on February 21st, 2012 | by Wild Gender0
Gender Nonconformity in Kids Linked to PTSD, Likely Caused by Their Parents
Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released the results of a long-term study that measured the rate of abuse among gender nonconforming children. The investigation included nearly 17,000 people who demonstrated “gender nonconformity” before age 11.
In the study, the AAP determines that 39-percent of trans men and 30-percent of trans women surveyed said they were abused by their parents. Most of the abuse victims demonstrated signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Simply, the results were as follows: “gender nonconformity predicted increased risk of lifetime probable PTSD.”
The report summarizes that “gender nonconformity as an indicator of children at increased risk of abuse and probable PTSD. Pediatricians and school health providers should consider abuse screening for this vulnerable population. Further research to understand how gender nonconformity might increase risk.”
Also today, NPR aired a piece on the March issue of the medical journal Pediatrics, featuring an editorial looking at gender identity disorder in children, the hook of the piece is “pediatricians apparently are seeing more young patients who express an interest in changing their gender.”
Listen to the NPR segment below.