A research paper from an Assistant Professor at Brown University which showed that social media is influencing young children to become “transgenders” to be like their friends in a form of mass hysteria, has been republished after initially facing a storm of protest, once again arousing the ire of the adult mentally-ill trannie “community.”
The original paper, by Professor Lisa Littman, said that “Rapid-onset gender dysphoria” clearly “spread through groups of friends and may be a harmful coping mechanism.”
A press statement on the paper released initially by Brown University—and now deleted, being only available on web archive services—said that “until recently, it was unusual for a teen to report initial feelings of gender dysphoria during or after puberty without childhood symptoms. Clinicians have reported that this kind of gender dysphoria is on the rise, particularly for patients whose sex was observed to be female at birth. Additionally, the numbers of adolescents seeking care for gender dysphoria has increased dramatically.
“This month, a Brown University researcher published the first study to empirically describe teens and young adults who did not have symptoms of gender dysphoria during childhood but who were observed by their parents to rapidly develop gender dysphoria symptoms over days, weeks or months during or after puberty.”
Littman surveyed more than 250 parents of children who suddenly developed “gender dysphoria symptoms” during or after puberty. The children of the parents surveyed were more than 80 percent female at birth and ranged between 11 and 27 years old at the time of survey, with an average age of 16.
Additionally, 47 percent of the children were reported as academically gifted, and 41 percent expressed a non-heterosexual sexual orientation prior to their gender dysphoria symptoms. Most of the parent respondents were female, white and U.S. residents.
In the 90-question survey, Littman asked the parents about each of the eight indicators for gender dysphoria in childhood that are detailed by the American Psychiatric Association.
To meet the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria in childhood, a child needs to experience at least six of the eight indicators. Most include readily observable signs, such as a strong rejection of typically feminine or masculine toys and games, and strong resistance to wearing typically feminine or masculine clothes. Eighty percent of the parents reported observing none of these indicators in their children before puberty.
Among the noteworthy patterns Littman found in the survey data: 21 percent of parents reported their child had one or more friends become transgender-identified at around the same time; 20 percent reported an increase in their child’s social media use around the same time as experiencing gender dysphoria symptoms; and 45 percent reported both.
The pattern of clusters of teens in friend groups becoming transgender-identified, the group dynamics of these friend groups and the types of advice viewed online led her to the hypothesis that friends and online sources could spread certain beliefs.
Examples include the belief that non-specific symptoms such as feeling uncomfortable in their own skins or feeling like they don’t fit in— which could be a part of normal puberty or associated with trauma — should be perceived as gender dysphoria; the belief that the only path to happiness is transition; and the belief that anyone who disagrees with the teen is “transphobic” and should be cut out of their life.
“Of the parents who provided information about their child’s friendship group, about a third responded that more than half of the kids in the friendship group became transgender-identified,” Littman said. “A group with 50 percent of its members becoming transgender-identified represents a rate that is more 70 times the expected prevalence for young adults.”
This suggests that the drive to transition expressed by these teens and young adults could be a harmful coping mechanism like drugs, alcohol or cutting, Littman said. With harmful coping mechanisms, certain behaviors are used to avoid feeling negative emotions in the short term, but they do not solve the underlying problems and they often cause additional problems, she noted.
This paper aroused a “storm” from the trannie community who accused the author of using “transphobic dog whistles” and engaging in hate speech, according to a recent report in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The attack upon Littman—who is Jewish—then intensified as Brown University and the journal in which the article was published, PLos One, both withdrew the article and disowned it after pressure from the trannies.
Now however, the paper has been republished after six months, which, according to the Chronicle for Higher Education, “adds context and softens language that drew complaints from transgender advocates, but the primary findings in the paper remain unchanged.”
In the new version of the paper, the word “outbreak” has been excised, and there’s further emphasis on how the data was collected. It also notes that ROGD has “not yet been clinically validated.” But the thrust of the paper remains the same. Littman points to evidence suggesting that some teenagers, mostly girls, might be identifying as transgender as a “maladaptive coping mechanism” instead of addressing underlying issues related to trauma and mental health.
In an interview with the Chronicle for Higher Education, Littman “said she doesn’t doubt that gender dysphoria is a genuine phenomenon, nor does she consider her research anti-transgender. There are some people who benefit from transition, and there are some people who are harmed by transition,” she said.
In reality, as has long been known among the non-mad scientific world, “transgenderism” is in itself a mental illness which should be treated and not encouraged as “normal.” But such an approach is contrary to the modern liberal delusion that all of nature can be turned on its head in every imaginable way, all with the ultimate aim of exterminating any vestige of traditional white society.