Methodological Critique of Littman’s (2018) Parental-Respondents Accounts of “Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria”
Another critique outlining the central flaws in the only study allegedly documenting “Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria”.
Published in: Archives of Sexual Behavior. April 22, 2019. Author: Arjee Javellana Restar
“Conclusion: A common error in reports of descriptive studies is overstepping the study design and data (Grimes & Schulz, 2002) and Littman’s (2018) paper, for reasons described in this critique, is an example of this fundamental error. Littman’s methodological flaws in the conceptualization and design of the study illustrate the importance of and need for more rigorous survey design and data analysis in descriptive studies. In the context of research with transgender people, who have historically been subjected to pathologizing research, flawed methodologies that lead to tenuous conclusions can have serious implications. While most science has limitations, researchers studying in the field of transgender health should strive to design their studies with appropriate, non-stigmatizing, and non-pathologizing research aims and methods that are grounded in the lived perspectives and experiences of transgender populations.”