Thursday, August 6, 2009

American Psychological Association's Latest Report on Reparative Therapy: Give It Up!

Though this report and assessment will do little to calm down "Exodus" ministries or other ministries that promise reparative therapy--turning gays into straights--the APA recently came out with its findings on reparative therapies:

In a resolution adopted 125-4 by the APA's governing council, and in a comprehensive report based on two years of research, the 150,000-member association put itself firmly on record in opposition of so-called "reparative therapy," which seeks to change sexual orientation.

No solid evidence exists that such change is likely, says the report, and some research suggests that efforts to produce change could have harmful results, inducing depression and suicidal tendencies.

The report breaks ground in its detailed and nuanced assessment of how therapists should deal with gay clients struggling to remain loyal to a religious faith that disapproves of homosexuality.

"Practitioners can assist clients through therapies that do not attempt to change sexual orientation, but rather involve acceptance, support and identity exploration and development without imposing a specific identity outcome," the report says.

For more click here.

Again: there will be those who discount the APA's findings. So be it.



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