Recode, 5/24/17 – If your child has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder, it’s a good idea to discuss your child’s sexual orientation with them, a new study suggests.
The study found that the best way to tell is with an open and honest discussion, with parents able to share their personal experiences and understand the impact of their children’s experiences.
In a survey of 1,100 children from age 8 to 18, researchers from The Johns Hopkins University found that most parents were willing to discuss their childrens’ gender identities with their child, with 89 percent saying they were willing and able to discuss it with their children.
But a minority of parents, or those who didn’t want to discuss the matter, were unable to provide information about their children based on privacy concerns, according to the study, published in the journal Psychological Science.
If you or someone you know is questioning whether your child may be transgender or gender non-conforming, the study suggests you can talk to them about it with your children and their therapists.
You should be able to ask them how they feel about being transgender, and you should also be able ask about their feelings about their sexuality.
You can also ask them if they have ever felt suicidal or if they had thoughts about suicide.
If you or your child are worried about your child or the safety of your child, talk to your family physician or child-care provider about your concerns, and seek their advice about appropriate support.
You can also share the study findings with other parents who may be struggling with this issue.
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