The same study, by advocacy group the National Center for Transgender Equality, found transgender adults were nine times more likely than the general population to attempt suicide.
U.S. parents accept children's transgender identity by age three
The question remains, though, around embracing gender nonconformity: Of some 1, patients she has dealt with, only one switched back to the natal gender, and without any harm, she said. Or the children themselves might have personality traits, such as confidence, that correlate to a healthy emotional state. Some will decide later they are not transgender, but Olson-Kennedy says the potential harm in such cases may be overstated. The same study, by advocacy group the National Center for Transgender Equality, found transgender adults were nine times more likely than the general population to attempt suicide.
How do those children fare in an environment of openness and family support? New University of Washington UW research suggests the answer is yes. The initiative is the first large-scale, longitudinal study of transgender children in the United States. Coauthor Katie McLaughlin, a UW assistant professor of psychology, calls the findings "incredibly promising. Contact About Us Writers' Guidelines. The Dutch group sees potential harm in putting a teenager through a second gender transition. Do you want a happy little girl or a dead little boy?