APA says ex-gay therapy harmful

Posted on August 6, 2009. Filed under: Great Reader Comment, Thumbs up, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

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Posted by: Rob | August 05, 2009 at 03:11 PM

Although the majority of scientists now believe that sexual orientation is geneticallypredetermined, many therapists have claimed to be able to change gay people into straight ones. Spurred by the controversy surrounding such claims, the APA in 2007 appointed a six-member committee of experts to examine the review and update the association’s 1997 report on the subject. Today’s 138-page report, approved by the APA’s governing council, represents their conclusions.

The panel reviewed 83 peer-reviewed journal articles that appeared in English between 1960 and 2007. Most were conducted before 1978, and only a handful had been conducted in the last 10 years.  “Unfortunately, much of the research … contains serious design flaws,” said psychologist Judith M. Glassgold of Rutgers University, who chaired the committee. “Few studies could be considered methodologically sound and none systematically evaluated potential harms” from the conversion efforts, she said. Potential harms include depression and suicide attempts.

Ex-gay therapy will hopefully be harmful to groups like Exodus and NARTH. If you are gay and need help, find a responsible, ethical counselor who is truly trained in understanding the issues facing LGBT people.


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