Sexual Identity Therapy: An Outcome Study
The purpose of this study was to demonstrate initial efficacy for sexual identity therapy (SIT) as an alternative therapeutic protocol in assisting individuals who experience same-sex attraction and yet have a valuative framework that opposes such feelings. SIT was developed out of the sexual identity synthesis model and attempts to respect the client's values as well as his or her experience of same-sex attraction. An N of 1 time-series research design was utilized to investigate associations between SIT and clinically significant change within a clinical population. The participant was randomly selected from a group of individuals participating in the study. He was assessed at pretherapy, posttherapy, and at 3-month follow-up in an attempt to demonstrate clinically significant change from a clinical population to a nonclinical population. Instruments used included the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale (DAS), the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (SWBS), Symptom Checklist-90-R (SCL-90-R), and the Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI). The participant also completed a client satisfaction survey. An external reviewer not connected to the study reviewed the results. The participant did not experience clinically significant change on the four measures; however, the participant did experience change in the positive direction on each of the assessments used. In addition, the participant reported satisfaction with SIT, indicating that SIT assisted him to live a more congruent life. These results were confirmed by external review and provide an initial efficacy for SIT and demonstrate that more research and effort should be made into alternative forms of therapeutic interventions for this population. The results of the study demonstrate the need for future outcome studies as well as randomized control group studies to provide more evidence of SIT as an alternative therapy protocol.
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