Misgendering behaviors are associated with anti-trans attitudes, even in children

Attitudes toward transgender people, whether accepting or intolerant, are learned – and they may be acquired at a surprisingly young age. A study published this month on cisgender children’s perception of their transgender peers provides a closer look at how trans kids are perceived by other youth, and how that perception relates to cis attitudes toward trans people.

Gülgöz et al. (2018) queried 55 cisgender children aged 5 to 10 on how they view their transgender peers, whether they regard trans kids as their identified gender or assigned sex, and how this influences any preference for cis peers over trans peers.

In one study conducted, these children appeared to like their cisgender peers more than their transgender peers, but this was not found in the second study. However, overall, categorizing trans peers as their assigned sex rather than their identified gender was associated with less positive attitudes toward them:

We conducted partial correlations while controlling for study and found a significant negative correlation between liking transgender targets and identifying transgender targets by sex at birth, r(111) = –.24, p = .011. This finding indicated that the more likely participants were to categorize transgender targets by their sex at birth, the less they liked transgender targets.

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About Zinnia Jones

My work focuses on insights to be found across transgender healthcare, public health, psychiatry, and history of medicine, integrating these many perspectives and guided by the lived experiences of trans people. I live in Orlando with my family, and work mainly in technical writing.
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One Response to Misgendering behaviors are associated with anti-trans attitudes, even in children

  1. tailcalled says:

    The effect size where is really small. Does it get bigger when considering adults?

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