A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation
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Is it possible to be an ex gay?
Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse present social science research on homosexuality designed to answer the questions:
- Can those who receive religiously-informed psychotherapy experience a change in their sexual orientation?
- Are such programs harmful to participants?
The results show that outcomes for this kind of religiously-informed psychotherapy are similar to outcomes of therapy for other psychological problems. Such programs do not appear to be harmful on average to individuals.
This research will be of interest to all those who want to know the latest research on sexual orientation change and the effects of religiously-informeded programs on those who utilize them.
Related Information & Resources
Listen to an interview with Dr. Stanton L. Jones on The Drew Marshall Show.
Download Appendix 1: Description of Research Methods (PDF).
Download Appendix 2: Questionnaire (PDF).
Download Appendix 3: Klein Sexual Orientation Grid and Sell Assessment of Sexual Orientation (PDF).
Download Appendix 4: Discussion of Psychophysiological Measurement of Sexual Orientation (PDF).
Download Appendix 5: Yarhouse Sexual Orientation Thermometers (PDF).
View Video 1: Research Design (Quicktime).
View Video 2: Research Results (Quicktime).
View Video 3: Questions Regarding Bias, Funding and Publishing (Quicktime).
Read questions and answers with the authors (PDF).
Read the AACC Address (PDF).