A new study finds that transgender students have better outcomes in school and earn more than other students in grades 7-12.
The findings were published in the April issue of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
The study, which was funded by the National Institute of Health and was conducted by a research team led by Dr. Karen L. Pang of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, looked at data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health.
“We found that transgender youth have better grades in school than the general population, and their grades are better than those of the general public.
We also found that their gender identity does not predict their grades,” said Dr. Pangu, who is also the senior author of the study.
“What this study is trying to do is say that we need to have a conversation about what is right for trans kids in school.”
Dr. L. Scott Pritchard, director of the Gender Identity Research Program at the Johns, also said the study provides “a solid baseline that will be useful for researchers.”
“We are seeing this as a big, important issue,” he said.
“There is a real need to look at transgender kids in schools.
It is not just an issue of whether they are going to be a threat to their own safety.
There are other issues that are going on.
So, this is important to the field.”
The research team used data from nearly 6,000 transgender youth ages 9 to 18 who participated in the National Survey of Transgender Youth in 2010 and 2011.
The researchers then used data on the gender identity of the students to predict the future achievement of the student, based on their gender identification.
Dr. J. Michael Bailey, director and professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Public Health, called the results “an important first step in understanding why transgender youth perform better academically and economically than other children.”
“They are not necessarily performing better than their peers, they are performing better academially,” Dr. Bailey said.
Dr, Bailey said that it is important for the community to understand what is happening.
“Transgender people, as an entire population, do not have a standardized way to measure their health,” he explained.
“It is very hard for the health care professionals to identify when transgender people are in the community, and so they need to get that information.”
Dr Pangu said that the findings will be used by educators and the media to help educate people about the importance of transgender inclusion.
“I think it will be important for educators to look more closely at what is being done to support transgender students and their needs and to ask what is the right policy,” she said.