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Longitudinal Outcomes of Gender Identity in Children (LOGIC): protocol for a prospective longitudinal cohort study of children referred to the UK gender identity development service
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    Early social transition has not been found to reduce mental health difficulties

    The authors note that increasing numbers of children have already socially transitioned by the time they are referred to gender services, and add that "recent research has suggested that this early social transition can have desirable outcomes for CYP, particularly in relation to a reduction in mental health difficulties." They cite (at notes 16, 17) two papers from the University of Washington, Seattle, that used overlapping data from the TransYouth Project, based on samples recruited in 2015-16. [1, 2]

    However neither made any findings about a reduction in mental health difficulties resulting from the social transition, a limitation the authors themselves acknowledged. Both were cross-sectional studies whose transgender cohorts were all children who had already socially transitioned, that merely observed that the psychological functioning of the socially-transitioned children was broadly the same as non-transitioned children, apart from their elevated anxiety. When the data was re-analysed by another team in 2020, it "featured numerous statistical errors and omissions... Such issues highlight the need for careful examination of statistical research, even when published in highly regarded medical journals." [3]

    Nor is the research recent, and the two latest studies on early social transition depart from these earlier Seattle papers, by suggesting that not social transition but peer relationships are the key to these children's wellbe...

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