You've heard the spin.
Now read the truth.
The first issue of the Journal of Human Sexuality summarizes the scientific research that:
- There is substantial evidence that sexual orientation may be changed through reorientation therapy.
- Efforts to change sexual orientation have not been shown to be consistently harmful or to regularly lead to greater self-hatred, depression, and other self-destructive behaviors.
- There is significantly greater medical, psychological, and relational pathology in the homosexual population than the general population.
The summary of the journal's first issue is titled "What the Research Shows."
In What Research Shows, we offer a landscape review of more than one hundred years of experiential evidence, clinical studies, and research studies that demonstrate that it is possible for men and women to diminish their unwanted homosexual attractions and develop their heterosexual potential; that efforts to change unwanted homosexual attractions are not generally harmful; and that homosexual men and women do indeed have substantially greater experiences of and risk factors for medical, psychological and relational pathology than do the general population. Based on our review of 600 reports of clinicians, researchers, and former clients—primarily from professional and peer-reviewed scientific journals, we conclude that reorientation treatment has been helpful to many and should continue to be available to those who seek it. Further, mental health professionals competent to provide such care ethically may do so.
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