Gender Identity Issues in Children and Adolescents

Gender dysphoria (GD) of childhood describes a psychological condition in which children experience a marked incongruence between their experienced gender and the gender associated with their biological sex. When this occurs in the pre-pubertal child, GD resolves in the vast majority of patients by late adolescence. Currently there is a vigorous debate among physicians, therapists, and academics regarding what is fast becoming the new treatment standard for GD in children. This new paradigm is rooted in the assumption that GD is innate, but a review of the current literature suggests that this claim is founded upon an unscientific gender ideology and lacks an evidence base.  The following resources are presented to clarify this matter.

Gender Ideology Harms Children. Press Release January 2017 – information updated September 2017

A summary in Spanish: La ideología de género perjudican a los niños

Gender Dysphoria in Children. Position Statement by the College (Fully referenced)

Spanish version: La disforia de género en menores de edad

Gender Dysphoria in Children. Summary points from Position Statement

Spanish version: Disforia de género en menores: Resumen de puntos importantes

Gender Identity in Children: Science, Medical Ethics & Controversy – Dr. Cretella’s Video Power Point presentation

College President speaks on Transgender Ideology: Article published in Daily Signal July 2017

Gender Dysphoria in Children: Understanding the Science and Medicine – October 2017 Panel discussion at The Heritage Foundation

Physician Groups Join ACPeds in Protest of Gender Ideology:

Liberal Psychologist and Physicians Critical of Youth Transition:

Further Objections to Normalizing Gender Ideology:




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