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08/05/2009

Thanks, credible science

by Jeremy Hooper

This just in from the APA:

TORONTO—The American Psychological Association adopted a resolution Wednesday stating that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments.

The "Resolution on Appropriate Affirmative Responses to Sexual Orientation Distress and Change Efforts" also advises that parents, guardians, young people and their families avoid sexual orientation treatments that portray homosexuality as a mental illness or developmental disorder and instead seek psychotherapy, social support and educational services "that provide accurate information on sexual orientation and sexuality, increase family and school support and reduce rejection of sexual minority youth."
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"Contrary to claims of sexual orientation change advocates and practitioners, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation," said Judith M. Glassgold, PsyD, chair of the task force. "Scientifically rigorous older studies in this area found that sexual orientation was unlikely to change due to efforts designed for this purpose. Contrary to the claims of SOCE practitioners and advocates, recent research studies do not provide evidence of sexual orientation change as the research methods are inadequate to determine the effectiveness of these interventions." Glassgold added: "At most, certain studies suggested that some individuals learned how to ignore or not act on their homosexual attractions. Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted or its long-term mental health effects. Also, this result was much less likely to be true for people who started out only attracted to people of the same sex."

Based on this review, the task force recommended that mental health professionals avoid misrepresenting the efficacy of sexual orientation change efforts when providing assistance to people distressed about their own or others' sexual orientation.
INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE THAT SEXUAL ORIENTATION CHANGE EFFORTS WORK, SAYS APA [APA]

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Your thoughts

I give it a week before the rants about the "gay agenda" start.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Aug 5, 2009 5:37:08 PM

"Yet, these studies did not indicate for whom this was possible, how long it lasted or its long-term mental health effects."

Well, we know what the 'long-term mental health effects' are.. they become hate filled pathological lying liars who can only remain celibate if they are in the employee of other hate filled lying liars. That's the long term effect.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 5, 2009 5:48:12 PM

A week, Rainbow? Try a couple hours!

Posted by: Bill S | Aug 5, 2009 8:01:23 PM

That's hilarious. It took them how long, and how much money to figure this out?????????

Posted by: Craig | Aug 6, 2009 7:00:27 AM

More propaganda generated by the GAY agenda.So what do you think the orientation of the 6 member task force was? Oh yeah, dont't ask, don't tell. I never met a shrink I would trust with my mind.

Posted by: John | Aug 6, 2009 7:51:00 AM

Yea, John? You might be interested to learn the background of one of the researchers, Lee Beckstead, PhD:

http://www.ldsresources.info/professionals/beckstead.shtml

Posted by: G-A-Y | Aug 6, 2009 8:47:05 AM

The APA just confirmed again what every intelligent person already knew. There is a related post at http://iamsoannoyed.com/?page_id=588

Posted by: carly | Aug 6, 2009 10:39:55 AM

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