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That's too simple a gloss. The paper spoke to parents about their *memories of their children across their childhood* (and no children whatsoever) and generalized the results into a conclusion about the evolution of identity. This *survey of parents* has been entirely reframed.
You can produce something statistically valid within the constraints of its own flawed premise. PLOS’s correction effectively dramatically curtails the initial sweeping and unsupported conclusions.
I can survey 256 people about their pizza preference and title a paper, “How pizza owners order toppings.” When PLOS requires me to correct the paper and it now reads, “Here are pizza toppings people likes,” my survey methods may remain valid for that headline!
This retrospect parental survey set out to ask, “Do parents think their transgender children suddenly ‘go trans’?” Answer: Yes, some parents of transgender children think that happens and that peer pressure may be involved as “groups” of kids express gender dysphoria.
Wow, that’s a lot of footnotes. Eight! Four point to a parental group in which parents discuss their fear of their trans- or gender-nonconforming children wanting medical intervention. The other four are just statistics about transgender population.
The author of the study is spinning the PLOS correction as vindication, because it upheld her statistical methods—of surveying parents solicited from websites like the one above. Yes, the parents who think their kids suddenly “went trans” post to sites supporting that view.
The initial framing and overall context of the survey is entirely changed now, which she doesn’t address.
It’s really about context. The survey is rather useful except for confirmation bias that parents of trans and nonconforming children who don’t want their children to be that way, when asked will say, “I had no idea they had gender issues!”
Sudden Onset Transgender Fear is a parental problem. Parents often think their children suddenly became gay, trans, whatever, due to peer pressure or whatever are the ones their children are afraid to tell them about themselves.
Likewise, the weirdness of the study asking if parents “skeptical” of their kids’ gender identity saw clusters of kids “going trans” even if true ignores how kids find peers—all the nonconforming kids •FIND EACH OTHER•
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