I am actually in the middle of writing a creative essay to submit to a contest about my own childhood and gender identity. As far back as I can remember, I have always been attracted to girls but I also remember wanting to actually BE Wonder Woman and frequently wearing my mother's pantyhose because I liked the way they felt on my skin. I also wanted to join the Girl Scouts of America and played with my sisters dolls. I have dressed in "drag" several times in my life...even in public.
My theory is that if I had been born in say, 2004 or so (instead of 1975), to open minded liberal leaning parents wanting to show how tolerant and understanding they were...I might not have grown up self identifying as a man.
I seriously doubt that
In the study Marvin presented, there was a significant percentage of children whose gender dysphoria persisted. A greater percentage (4% greater, mind you) did not persist to the point (not stated) taking some kind of action to transition to the gender they felt themselves to be.
For the kids whose dysphoria persists, it persists HARD. This isn't something environment can change. So you couldn't have been talked out of being quite fine with being a boy. That's my 'logical' guesstimation, anyway.
At a very young age I had a dream I was a boy, and it was one of those dreams that stayed with me. Clearly, boys were preferred. Their toys were much cooler, they were more 'wanted', and girls couldn't do fun things, or shouldn't do them. The adult men got served by the adult women in my family, women were kind of . . . nothing. I always felt like I was in major drag wearing dresses and ribbons. I used to go out to play without a shirt on because boys did. When my body began to change I was literally horrified and ashamed, while other girls prayed for breasts, I prayed mine would go a-fucking-way.
Once puberty was finished, I was FINE being female. Not much of one for ribbons and frills or squealing at bugs, though. I was just raised in a very traditional female role, which I rejected without realizing what it was I rejected. I was a born 'feminist' I guess, but I never got into political feminism either.
If my parents had known and taken me seriously about being a boy, I still would have grown up into a woman
. As it was, they thought I was cute and funny pretending to be a boy. If they knew how often I went outside to try and pee like a boy it might have been a different story . . . or what I put the little boy next door through in my fascination with his penis . . . alas. I just wanted one, but mainly to borrow it, you know? I didn't feel WRONG for not having one.
As for the OP, that study doesn't support ignoring or discouraging young children, in fact it supports that people need to pay attention to this issue, because a significant percentage of gender dysphoric kids stay gender dysphoric and are vehemently so from an early age.
My grandson 'was a girl' for several weeks last year. He didn't want dresses, he just SAID he was a girl. That was it
Like said earlier, taking it case by case is the way to go. Too many of these kids kill themselves because of their family's rejection of them. Perhaps their death is 'easier' on the parents than for the parents to have to face their church's condemnation?