When Kids Want to Transition to Another Gender

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According to the American Psychiatric Association, children as young as two can present with gender dysphoria, defined as a conflict between a person's assigned gender and that with which they identify. To many clinicians, and to parents of kids who persistently identify with the nonconforming gender, social transition -- which can include changing a child's name, preferred pronoun, or dress -- is the best way to ensure happiness and emotional well-being. But other experts worry that kids who socially transition too young may suffer adverse effects should they later change their minds about their gender identity. We'll explore the issues.

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Guests:

Jon Brooks, editor, KQED Science's "Future of You"

Diane Ehrensaft, developmental and clinical psychologist; author, "The Gender Creative Child: Pathways for Nurturing and Supporting Children who Live Outside Gender Boxes"

Jack Drescher, clinical professor of psychiatry, Columbia University; former member, American Psychiatric Association's DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders

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