Gender Identity In Children

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Concealment of gender identity negatively affects a child’s future adult life in several aspects: psychologically, socially, and physically. It seems likely that a child is aware of his or her own gender identity by the age of 8, and to support this child’s realization is critical in helping a child understand. The ramifications of not aiding a child in their quest of gender identity is huge, leading to very high rates of dismal psychosocial outcomes. It is therefore necessary to aid in a child’s search of sexual identity and to help socially transition such kids for them to have a normal productive future. Many aspects of sexual identity will be touched on, ultimately showing that giving a child a sense of security in their sexual identity …show more content…
It was not until recently that sexual orientation and gender identity are referred to as different things. In turn these definitions need to be defined to better help understand the topic. “Gender identity refers to an individual’s innate sense of maleness or femaleness, or both, as well as to how those feelings and needs are internalized and how they are presented to others”(Israel 7). The important part of this definition is innate which may seem to some that it is indefinite. It is because most of us do not understand this issue, that we avoid and misconstrue it as something negative. “Stigmatization of the trans-community has led to a lumber of issues that have ostracized this group of individuals.” (Zimmerman 35) These group of individuals deserve basic human rights to privacy and independence something that every citizen in the United States have. Without these basic fundamental rights protected, it is difficult for any person to thrive in our world let alone someone with gender identity …show more content…
It is not unlikely that to understand how transgender children can grow up with lower rates of psychopathology issues we look at these same two things. Reassuring of parental acceptance is a huge step towards the problem. Education of this topic for most parents is minimal, medical professionals have equally little information, making solutions improvisational in most cases. It is likely that the parent will be ignorant of the situation as well as the child effectively concealing conflicting feelings. Psychological pressure on the child is huge. Most feel “something is wrong with them” (Helen 29). Not all parents can be understanding of a child that is different. Many parents have religious conflicts, moral conflicts, and conservative view conflicts, that shun transgender ideas. These parents did not grow up in a society where transgender ideas were an issue. Many parents stay ignorant, and are unsupportive with children being “transgender.” With growing doubt from everyone, their parents included, most transgender children withdraw into themselves and are therefore unable to grow socially accepted. This withdrawing is critical in transgender children’s high likelihood of poor psychosocial outcomes. It is not uncommon for children in poverty or abandoned homeless children to feel these same

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