Author name: Professor Dianna Kenny

THE SOCIAL CONTAGION OF GENDER DYSPHORIA

The social contagion of gender dysphoria

THE SOCIAL CONTAGION OF GENDER DYSPHORIA Dianna Kenny, PhD Introduction The term social contagion describes the “spread of phenomena (e.g., behaviours, beliefs, and attitudes) across network ties”[1] (p. 556). Using very large datasets (e.g., Framingham Heart Study) that have collected longitudinal data on original participants (Original cohort), as well as their children (Offspring cohort) and their …

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GENDER DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN

Gender development in children

GENDER DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN  Dianna Kenny PhD Gender development is a complex process; it involves an interplay of genes, gonadal hormones, cognitive, language, and socioemotional development, the child’s socialization history, and culture.  Gender identity includes:  the individual’s conviction that s/he is male or female; and a social sex-role, which is the enactment of socially and …

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The madness of crowds The social contagion of gender dysphoria in adolescents, governments and professional bodies-01

The ‘madness of crowds’: The social contagion of gender dysphoria In adolescents, governments and professional bodies

ABSTRACT In this paper, I review the evidence for social contagion of gender dysphoria in adolescents and the contagion evident in associated professions and professional bodies. I begin with a review of the historical phenomenon of social contagion, demonstrating that it predated the digital age. I then review the nature of social contagion and the …

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Children and young people seeking and obtaining treatment for gender dysphoria in Australia Trends by state over time

Children and young people seeking and obtaining treatment for gender dysphoria In Australia: Trends by state over time (2014-2019): Update

 Introduction This paper is an update of the paper Children and young people seeking and obtaining treatment for gender dysphoria in Australia: Trends by state over time (2014-2019) (Kenny, 2019) presented to the Forum at the NSW Parliament in 2019 covering the years 2014-2018. This current paper includes data from 2019 from the same four clinics in …

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gender and sport

Female sport participation and gender affirmation: A collision course for medical ethics 

In 2009, South African athlete Caster Semenya won, by a margin of 20 metres from her nearest rival, the women’s 800m event at the athletics world championships. Her victory was short-lived. Allegations arose that Semenya was “really a man.” The 18-year-old from an impoverished village on the Limpopo River in South Africa became the unwitting …

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Children and young people seeking and obtaining treatment for gender dysphoria in Australia Trends by state over time Update

Children and young people seeking and obtaining treatment for gender dysphoria in Australia: Trends by state over time (2014-2018)

Paper presented at the Forum on transgender children and adolescents at the Parliament of NSW, 2 July, 2019 Professor Dianna Kenny Introduction Precise data regarding the frequency of people with gender dysphoria or who identify as transgender have been difficult to source. In attempting to count the transgender population, decisions need to be made about …

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KEY ISSUES IN DECISION-MAKING FOR GENDER TRANSITION TREATMENt

Key issues in decision making for gender transition treatment Questions and answers

In this article, I address key issues in the transgender debate as they pertain to children and young people. These include: Are “gender transition treatments” safe, “curative” and in the child’s best interest? In considering these questions, I explore the known negative consequences of puberty suppression and cross-sex hormones, including infertility and other medical conditions …

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The right to best care for children does not include the right to medical transition

The right to best care for children does not include the right to medical transition

Summary of paper The right to best care for children does not include the right to medical transition Citation:  Michael Laidlaw, Michelle Cretella & Kevin Donovan (2019) The right to best care for children does not include the right to medical transition, The American Journal of Bioethics, 19:2, 75-77, DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2018.1557288 Here are the key points of …

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The role of biological factors in gender identity development

The role of biological factors in gender identity development

The role of biological factors in gender identity development Professor Dianna Kenny, The University of Sydney Biological factors also make a significant contribution to gender identity development. Recent research in both humans and primates shows that sexually dimorphic toy preferences reflect basic neurobiological differences between boys and girls that precede social or cognitive influences (Williams …

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