(National Sentinel) PC Science: A newly released study is angering the transgender community for concluding that most young people who ‘come out’ as trans have at least one mental disorder.

In the study, which was published at PLoS ONE and focused primarily on female teens, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown University Lisa Littman found that 87 percent of young people were reported by their parents to have come out as trans after an increased amount of time spent on social media and the Internet and after “cluster outbreaks” of gender dysphoria among groups of friends.

The researcher also discovered that most teens who ultimately claimed they were transgender had increased their popularity among peer groups.

Of those who took part in the study, 62.5 percent were diagnosed with at least one mental health disorder before they ‘experienced’ gender dysphoria.

Also, in 36.87 percent of the teens’ peer groups, the majority of members had come out as being transgendered.

“The most likely outcomes were that AYA [adolescent and young adult children] mental well-being and parent-child relationships became worse since AYAs ‘came out,’” reported Littman.

“AYAs expressed a range of behaviors that included: expressing distrust of non-transgender people (22.7%); stopping spending time with non-transgender friends (25.0%); trying to isolate themselves from their families (49.4%), and only trusting information about gender dysphoria from transgender sources (46.6%),” she added.

“Peer contagion has been associated with depressive symptoms, disordered eating, aggression, bullying, and drug use,” Littman noted further, adding:

The pro-eating disorder sites provide motivation for extreme weight loss (sometimes calling the motivational content “thinspiration”). Such sites promote validation of eating disorder as an identity, and offer “tips and tricks” for weight loss and for deceiving parents and doctors so that individuals may continue their weight-loss activities. If similar mechanisms are at work in the context of gender dysphoria, this greatly complicates the evaluation and treatment of impacted AYAs.

Most parents were also skeptical of their teen’s claim that they were suddenly transgender. Of the total, 76.5 percent said they felt their child incorrectly identified as such.

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But because the study upset the sensitivities of transgenders and liberals, Brown University is self-censoring it after hearing “from Brown community members expressing concerns that the conclusions of the study could be used to discredit efforts to support transgender youth and invalidate the perspectives of members of the transgender community.”


Some scientific realists are fighting back. “If you haven’t signed this petition already, please consider doing so. Researchers should not be silenced because the truths they unearth make some people uncomfortable,” wrote a Twitter user by the handle Lily Maynard, a self-described gender dysphoria critic.


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