A nationally-known pediatrician says wrong assumptions are being made about a new study that says transgender teens attempt suicide more frequently than teens in general.
Dr. Michelle Cretella, executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, says the "Transgender Adolescent Suicide Behavior" study can incorrectly pressure parents to put their children through radical transition-affirming therapies, when there is no proof that will prevent suicides. She says other factors must be considered.
"What I contend is that there are underlying issues that the children are dealing with that leads to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and their gender dysphoria," she tells OneNewsNow.
She says researchers mistakenly rule out the possibility that transitioning from one gender to the other might play a role in aggravating stress and provoking one to suicide.
"So parents get the message: 'Look, if you don't affirm your child's fantasy or your child's misperception, you are abusive parents because you're setting them up for suicide,'" Dr. Cretella submits. "And that is not what the science shows."
She asserts that rigorous, non-agenda-driven, long-term research still needs to be done.