Childhood Gender Diversity: Latest Findings and Current Controversies
LocationSage Center, Psychology 1312
Upon birth, doctors, midwives, and parents around the world declare “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl”. Today, more and more children are defying these declarations, identifying as a gender that did not align with this pronouncement at their birth. In this talk, Dr. Olson will present work exploring the gender development and well-being of this generation of transgender and gender nonconforming children, suggesting ways in which their lives are both remarkably unique and surprisingly similar to their more gender conforming peers. She will address questions about the continuity and discontinuity of identity, examine our own researcher biases in assessing gender, and discuss the implications of social support and transitioning on well-being in transgender and gender diverse youth.