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Study from Netherlands: Most children outgrow transgender inclinations

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Transgender inclinations


A research study conducted in the Netherlands revealed that a majority of children who had desired to be the opposite gender during their teenage years eventually accepted their biological gender in early adulthood.

15 years


Over a span of 15 years, researchers at the University of Groningen monitored the gender identity struggles of 2,772 participants from ages 11 to 26.

Opposite gender


At the beginning of the research, 11% of the participants expressed a wish to have been born as the opposite gender.

Gradually decreased


Over time, this percentage gradually decreased, with only about 4% of participants still desiring to have been born as the opposite gender by the final follow-up around age 26.

Gender dissatisfaction


The study revealed that the majority (78%) of participants never experienced gender dissatisfaction. Approximately 19% of participants found more contentment with their gender as time passed, while only 2% became less content over the study period.



Participants whose gender discontent varied over time, experiencing both increases and decreases, tended to exhibit lower self-worth and more behavioral/emotional issues.

Gender discontent


The study highlighted that individuals with a non-heterosexual orientation were more prone to fluctuating levels of gender discontent during adolescence and early adulthood.

Early adolescence


“Gender non-contentedness, while being relatively common during early adolescence, in general, decreases with age and appears to be associated with a poorer self-concept and mental health throughout development,” the researchers explained in a synopsis of the report.

Mary Rice Hasson


Mary Rice Hasson, the director of the Person and Identity Project at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, said the study confirms “what most parents know intuitively.”



“A child who experiences discontent about his or her developing body, or the prospect of maturing into a woman or man, is overwhelmingly likely to outgrow those feelings, without intervention,” Hasson said.



“Puberty is not a disease — it is a natural process of growth. Sometimes that’s uncomfortable, but — as the study shows — the discomfort dissipates over time.”

Transgender drugs


Debates surrounding the prescription of transgender drugs and availability of sex-change surgeries for minors are prominent in the United States and Europe.

States prohibit


While nearly two dozen states prohibit these treatments for children, they remain legal in over half of the states.



Concerns have been raised about counselors pressuring parents to opt for these interventions prematurely, as some children may simply require time to become more comfortable with their bodies.

Pubertal growth


“Unfortunately, what our children are not being given today is time — time to experience and outgrow the natural (sometimes painful) stages of pubertal growth, along with the reassurance that, with time, they will eventually feel comfortable in their own skin,” Hasson said.

Gender clinicians


“Instead, gender clinicians and counselors convince parents that their children are in crisis and need puberty blockers or other hormonal interventions. It’s not true. What they really need is reassurance and time to mature.”



A study conducted in Finland this year discovered that administering transgender treatments to adolescents did not lead to a notable decrease in suicide fatalities.

Transgender youths


Instead, the study revealed that the elevated suicide rates among transgender youths were primarily linked to the prevalence of mental health conditions in this demographic.



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