Survey for Parents of Children / Teens / Young Adults (aged 6-25) on the Development of Gender Identity

Research Study

My name is Dr. Andrew Adesman, and I am a developmental pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York. I am writing to ask for your assistance with an important research study related to the development of gender identity in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In order to examine gender identity development in youth with ASD, researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York have developed a short anonymous questionnaire for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Your responses to this questionnaire are instrumental to a better understanding of how gender identity develops in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and will help us to better assist individuals with ASD who may have gender-related concerns and their families.

You will find a link to a short, completely anonymous, and confidential questionnaire below. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete this questionnaire, and completion is voluntary. This research study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Northwell Health, and a copy of this approval is available upon request (  Please note that we first announced this study two years ago; we are currently collecting additional responses in order to answer some remaining research questions.  If you recall previously completing our questionnaire, please do not do so at this time.

We thank you in advance for your participation in our study!  Since we are interested in getting as large and representative sample of families as possible for this study, we would be most grateful if you would also forward this e-mail to other parents of children ages 6 – 25 years old with ASD.

Andrew Adesman, MD
Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

Professor of Pediatrics
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Published on: Jul 22, 2020 at 14:24