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Transgender ‘peer pressure’ study upheld

May 2019

Dr Lisa Littman SOURCE brown.edu
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A study which found that heavy exposure to online content about gender transition is partially behind the phenomenon of ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ (ROGD) has been backed following an extensive peer review.

ROGD is a term given to teenagers who suddenly express feelings of being ‘born in the wrong body’, despite never having experienced such feelings in earlier life.

The study also found that gender dysphoria spread like wildfire among friendship groups where the majority of children were ‘transgender-identified’.

The research was conducted by Dr Lisa Littman from Brown University in America. The results were published in August last year, but activists who disagreed with her findings branded it ‘completely flawed’.

Despite efforts from the trans lobby to have the research pulled, it has withstood an extensive peer review process, and the findings have proven valid.

Of the parents Littman interviewed, 87 per cent said their child either had increased social media use, or belonged to a friendship group with one or multiple transgender friends.

Publishers have confirmed ‘the study and resultant data … represent a valid contribution’. Dr Littman said she was ‘delighted’ her work withstood the extensive peer review process.

The controversy surrounding the research began last year. Brown’s School of Public Health had initially promoted research, but then issued a disclaimer following backlash from trans activists.

Dr Jeffrey Flier, a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, denounced Brown’s decision to warn people about the potential dangers of the research.

He said Dr Littman’s critics ‘have not performed any systematic analysis of her findings, but seem principally motivated by ideological opposition to her conclusions’.