Do you believe non gender-conforming children risk major problems?
Children whose activity choices, interests and pretend play don’t conform to expected gender roles face an increased risk of abuse and future trauma, a new study finds.
The increased risk for non-conforming kids vs. conforming kids was similar in both sexes for physical and psychological abuse.
One in 10 kids display gender non-conformity before age 11 and, on average, are more likely to experience physical, psychological and sexual abuse and experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by early adulthood, says the study of nearly 9,000 young adults published online Monday in Pediatrics.
The abuse was perpetrated mostly by parents or other adults in the home, says lead study author Andrea Roberts, a research associate in the department of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Do you believe this study is flawed? www.usatoday.com http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/20/kids-who-dont-gender-conform-are-at-higher-risk-of-abuse/