Transgender Ideology Goes Mainstream: Labeling Preschoolers as "Transgender"
transgender, children, family, homosexuality
Until the turn of the 21st century, social scientists generally agreed upon an ideal rearing environment for children. “If we were asked to design a system for making sure that children’s basic needs were met,” wrote researchers Sara McLanahan and Gary Sandefur in 1994, “we would probably come up with something quite similar to the two-parent family ideal.” On average, a married biological mother and father provide distinct advantages over alternative family forms. However, this empirical observation quickly faded as researchers began to report no differences in child outcomes between homosexual and heterosexual parent households. By 2005, the American Psychological Association had affirmed this “no-difference hypothesis.” However, in 2012, Loren Marks scrutinized the 59 studies behind the APA statement, and found they all suffered from myriad methodological problems. The APA endorsement was not empirically warranted, but served as an indicator of academic bias in the uncritical acceptance of politically correct, yet clearly deficient, studies.
Original Publication Citation
Nelson, D. A. (2018). Transgender ideology goes mainstream: Labeling preschoolers as “transgender.” Published on October 24that unskewed.org.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nelson, David A., "Transgender Ideology Goes Mainstream: Labeling Preschoolers as "Transgender"" (2018). Faculty Publications. 4577.
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