A controversial study looking at Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) has been revised and affirmed. Changes such as toned down language and a new title were made to the original study, but the findings remain the same.
World reported, “(Lisa) Littman studied surveys of 256 parents of children who identified as transgender during adolescence after a gender dysphoria–free childhood. She found the vast majority were female and that most had at least one mental health disorder prior to the onset of their gender dysphoria. More than 86 per cent of the parents reported that prior to declaring themselves transgender, their children had an increase in social media use or belonged to a friend group in which one or multiple friends came out as transgender in a similar timeframe.”
The initial study caused quite a stir and was even disavowed by Brown University. Activists labelled it transphobic and biased. It has since undergone further peer review and been republished.
"Littman, who was vilified on social media and lost a consulting job over the controversy, continues to stand by her research and said she plans to keep studying the phenomenon of rapid-onset gender dysphoria."
The results are still attracting criticism but at least these findings are in the public sphere.
Kirralie Smith, Binary spokeswoman, is pleased with this result. “Too many academics, health care professionals and even the public are being intimidated into silence,” Smith said.
“These studies are important. The findings must be seriously considered and submitted for critical analysis,” she continued. “It is undeniable that there has been an alarming increase in the number of people suffering from gender dysphoria. Academics and health care professionals must be free to research all factors so an accurate picture can be formed.”