Several medical experts have dismissed the idea of “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria” and the idea that being Trans is a “social contagion.” Here’s the full story.
1,655 Possible Causes of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria
The study titled “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria – Parent Reports on 1,655 Possible Cases,” which aimed to examine the concept of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria, became the point of controversy when it was published in March 2023.
The study claimed that Trans was a “social contagion” that could lead adolescents to believe they are transgender falsely.
The study in question, authored by Michael Bailey, posited the theory of ROGD, asserting that adolescents were attributing their social problems, feelings, and mental health issues to gender dysphoria due to societal influences.
Bailey claimed this led to a false belief of being transgender among youths. However, the study’s credibility was scrutinized due to its methodology and ethics concerns.
“Fear-Based Concept That Is Not Supported by Studies”
The study was retracted after its publisher cited a violation of editorial policies around consent. Readers raised questions about the study’s ethics, which prompted further investigation.
As a result, sixty-two medical providers, including the American Psychological Association (APA), had discredited the concept of ROGD as a legitimate clinical diagnosis.
In an interview with Scientific American, several experts in the field challenged the notion of a “social contagion” influencing adolescents’ gender identities.
Marci Bowers, President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, dismissed ROGD as a “fear-based concept that is not supported by studies.”
It Is Not a Formal Diagnosis
Bowers highlighted that ROGD was exploited to propagate anti-trans legislation in the US, emphasizing the harm such legislation inflicts on Trans individuals.
The term “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria” was originally introduced in a 2018 paper by Lisa Littman.
Littman conducted a survey involving parents of transgender children, aiming to describe a child’s “sudden or rapid onset of gender dysphoria.”
This term, however, was later co-opted by anti-trans groups to justify discriminatory laws, prompting Littman to clarify that it is not a formal diagnosis.
Should Be Termed “Rapid-Onset Parental Discovery”
Diane Ehrensaft, Director of Mental Health at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Child and Adolescent Gender Center, argued that the term “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria” misrepresents the situation and should rather be termed “rapid-onset parental discovery.”
She highlighted that children often confide in their peers before their families due to the fear of coming out to their parents.
Ehrensaft said, “To talk about what children are thinking, feeling, and doing, particularly as they get old enough to have their own minds and narratives, you need to interview them.”
“They No Longer Produce Unbiased, Research-Driven Information”
“In some ways, [kids] are far more advanced than I am, as somebody in my 70s, about how they live and understand gender,” she added.
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “Sad to see how you can’t grasp that this is the greatest medical scandal of all time and that these losers have betrayed themselves, the public, and the scientific principle.”
Another User wrote, “American scientific institutions, including heretofore respected sources like Scientific American, have been captured by woke ideology. They no longer produce unbiased, research-driven information.”
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Source: The Pink News