Prestigious Psychiatry Journal Retracts Findings, Admits Sex-Reassignment Surgery Didn’t Fix Mental Health

Aug 6, 2020 by

by Steve Warren, CBN News:

The American Journal of Psychiatry says it got it wrong when it came to analyzing the numbers in a large study of transgender patients undergoing sex-reassignment surgery.

Last fall, the journal published the results of the study and found the surgeries improved patients’ mental health. But this week, the journal retracted its findings, saying a second look at the subject found no improvement.

When asked about how a prestigious journal incorrectly analyzes its data, Dr. Ryan Anderson, the Heritage Foundation’s William E. Simon senior research fellow in American Principles and Public Policy, told CBN News there may have been a preferred outcome for the study.

“Human error is a possibility here,” Anderson said. “But there’s also the possibility that there was a preferred outcome for the study. So that they wanted the study to say a certain thing. Obviously, we don’t know in this particular instance whether this was just an honest mistake or if this was motivated research, motivated reasoning to lead to a certain conclusion.”

“But we can say that the media didn’t report on one of the main findings of the original study which was that hormonal transition showed no signs of improvement,” he added. “They only reported on the original study that said surgery transition showed signs of improvement. And now that claim has been retracted.”

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