Sexual Conversion Therapy: Ethical, Clinical and Research Perspectives, Issues 3-4; Issue 2001

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CRC Press, May 2, 2002 - Medical - 215 pages
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Hear the other side of the story on sexual conversion therapy!

In their fervor to “fix” homosexuals, practitioners of sexual conversion therapies have often overlooked or completely dismissed the possible psychological and social side effects of such treatments. Sexual Conversion Therapy: Ethical, Clinical, and Research Perspectives works to counterbalance the clinical and ethical omissions of overzealous therapists who have focused on efficacy and outcome at the expense of their patients’self-esteem. Sexual Conversion Therapy features first-person accounts of patients and clinicians, including psychotherapists who themselves have undergone treatments ranging from psychoanalysis to religious faith healing to aversion behavior conditioning and even electroshock therapy. In addition to examining the history and ethics of conversion therapy, the book presents empirical data on current practice and recovery processes for survivors of failed conversion attempts.

Sexual Conversion Therapy presents current perspectives on the harmful impact of sexual orientation interventions, including:
  • “Cures: A Gay Man?s Odyssey”
  • “Becoming Gay”
  • “A Psychologist?s Journey Through the Ex-Gay Movement”
  • “Therapeutic Antidotes: Gay and Bisexual Men Recover from Conversion Therapies”
  • “I?m Your Handyman: A History of Reparative Therapies”
Nearly 30 years after the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a small but dedicated group of mental health practitioners continues to diagnose and treat homosexuality as a mental illness. Sexual Conversion Therapy is an essential alternative to the bulk of published material that champions treatments that produce a handful of heterosexuals “cured” of their “illness,” while inflicting emotional and psychological damage on countless gay and lesbian patients who failed to convert.
  

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Contents

Ethical Clinical
1
Heads I Win
25
A Gay Mans Odyssey
37
A Personal Odyssey
51
A Psychologists Journey
69
Agendas in Sexual Reorientation Therapy
87
Helping Gay and Bisexual
117
Sage Family Studies Abstracts SFSA 1993
179
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Drescher is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Fellow and Trustee of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis.

Michael J. Schroeder is an independent scholar who has taught U.S. and Latin American History at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Flint. He received B.A.s in History and Economics at the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on Nicaraguan history, including pieces on death squads, children and war, the question of aerial terrorism in the air war of the 1920s and 1930s, and his award-winning 1996 article in the "Journal of Latin American Studies", "Horse Thieves to Rebels to Dogs," on Nicaraguan political violence. He is currently completing his book manuscript, "The Sandino Rebellion: Tragedy and Redemption in the Mountains of Northern Nicaragua". He has also authored a middle school text on Mexican-American history and immigration and is co-editor of "Encyclopedia of World History".

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