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Peer-Reviewed Study Adds Validity to Claims of Sexual Orientation Change
Christian Post ^ | 09/30/2011 | Jeff Schapiro

Posted on 10/01/2011 7:16:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Many people who work in the field of psychology argue against the idea that a person can change their sexual orientation. But a new study published in the October edition of the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy reveals that some homosexuals who seek to change their sexual orientation may be able to do so with the help of religious mediation.

The study, conducted by psychologists Stanton L. Jones of Wheaton College and Mark A. Yarhouse of Regent University, examined changes in homosexuals who sought the help of Exodus International in trying to change their sexual orientation.

Researches tracked changes in the 98 participating subjects (72 men, 26 women) over the course of six or seven years through regular assessments.

The study found that, out of the 61 subjects who “were successfully categorized for general outcome,” 53 percent of them were categorized as having successful outcomes according to Exodus' standards.

Twenty-three percent reported a successful “conversion” to heterosexual orientation, while 30 percent reported “stable behavioral chastity.” Twenty percent of the subjects, however, gave up on changing and fully embraced the gay identity.

"Our study ... does not prove that everyone can change,” Jones said in an interview with The Christian Post on Friday. “It just proves that the reality is very, very complicated, and there seems to be some capacity for some people to shift their sexual orientation in a way that has personal meaning to them."

Jones noted that mainstream psychology often criticizes those that try to help gays become straight, branding those that do so as being “unethical,” “unreasonable” or “cruel,” and maintaining that sexual orientation cannot be changed.

"There certainly are abusive and crazy interventions, but not every attempt to change sexual orientation is necessarily so,” Jones argued.

Many people criticize religious methods of sexual orientation change, saying that homosexuals are distressed and mentally harmed by such programs. The study also measured levels of distress in the subjects, however, and Yarhouse told The Christian Post that they found a different result than what would have commonly been expected.

“On average, it does not appear to be harmful based on this data. In fact, if anything, there was more movement towards greater psychological health or less distress over time for people,” he said. "I'm not saying that no one's ever been harmed. The question is whether it's intrinsic to the effort that it's causing harm, and that does not appear to be the case from this data."

Jones and Yarhouse previously published a book on their earlier studies, called Ex-Gays? (2007), but were criticized for publishing it in book form instead of in a peer-reviewed journal.

“The implication was that it couldn't be published in a scientific, reputable journal,” Yarhouse said about their earlier research. After conducting several more years of research and adjusting some of their methods, however, their work has finally gained some positive recognition.

"This isn't a study for the mainstream gay community,” Yarhouse said. “This is a study for primarily religious people who are distressed by their same-sex attractions. They want to know, if they were involved in a Christian ministry, is it possible over time for them to have significant and meaningful shifts along that continuum. And this data would suggest that for some that appears to be possible."


TOPICS: Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics; Religion & Science
KEYWORDS: exodusinternational; gay; homosexuality; sexualorientation

1 posted on 10/01/2011 7:16:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

It would seem, queers are winning.


2 posted on 10/01/2011 7:18:22 PM PDT by doc1019 (You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.)
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To: doc1019
It would seem, queers are winning.

I am curious as to what part of the article your comment is in response to.

3 posted on 10/01/2011 7:22:11 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: SeekAndFind

All I ever hear anymore is gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. Can’t even log on to FR anymore to get away from it. The queers are indeed winning.


4 posted on 10/01/2011 7:28:41 PM PDT by wolfman23601
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To: wolfman23601
All I ever hear anymore is gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay.

Well in case you failed to notice, this article runs against the conventional wisdom and might provide hope to some folks. It even suggests, contrary to your argument, that in many cases the "queers" aren't winning.

May I suggest that you simply stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes and hold your breath. Doesn't work for the average three-year-old, but perhaps you will be the exception.

5 posted on 10/01/2011 7:41:35 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: wolfman23601
All I ever hear anymore is gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. Can’t even log on to FR anymore to get away from it.

I can say the same of stupid comments, like this one. Try READING the article. Sheesh.

6 posted on 10/01/2011 8:08:52 PM PDT by montag813
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To: SeekAndFind

I often have the impression that being gay is not so much a bonafide attraction to others of the same gender, but is rooted in fear of the opposite gender and other factors, such as self-esteem issues.

If all those issues could be sorted out, I think that a lot of “gayness” could be resolved.


7 posted on 10/01/2011 8:24:05 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There are more ex-homosexuals than homosexuals.


8 posted on 10/01/2011 8:33:23 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
There are more ex-homosexuals than homosexuals.

If what you say is true, then homosexuality is a predominantly temporary aberration. I'd need a lot proof before I believe that.

9 posted on 10/01/2011 9:27:42 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: exDemMom

EXACTLY!!

People who are “gay” have typically either given up on the opposite sex (for lack of a better phrase) or are all about having SEX!!

I have friends who are “gay” and I am trying to get them straight with the Lord! And everyone single one has told me that they fall into one of those two categories! I work with many at church and all of those fall into one of these categories!

SAD!! We have so many people that are so weak willed! And the idiots out there who support and encourage this mental illness!!


10 posted on 10/01/2011 9:28:43 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: ExTxMarine
SAD!! We have so many people that are so weak willed

Really? It takes will power to resist having homosexual relations with men? If that is the case, said person is a homosexual. It takes me exactly 0 units of will power to resist the urge to have sex with men, mainly because I have 0 urge to have sex with men. Am I the only one who thinks there is something strange about people who get amped up about this? I am against homosexual marriage but I am not about to try to join some crusade to "fix" them.

11 posted on 10/02/2011 1:46:10 AM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: SeekAndFind

If I’ve read this correctly it says that all the subjects are people involved in the ministry. Further only 53% reported a convesion. If that reading is correct, and im willing to be corrected, I have doubts about the general applicability of this finding due to the select nature of the sample


12 posted on 10/02/2011 3:17:03 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: SeekAndFind

Of the gay men I’ve known only 3 managed to become straight. In their cases they were only gay a few years, the longest was around 13, and all 3 by religious mediation. I would suggest that like most lifestyles the change becomes more difficult was time passes.


13 posted on 10/02/2011 3:44:54 AM PDT by tal hajus ("Thank you sir. May I have another?" GOP)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

RE: There are more ex-homosexuals than homosexuals.

This is interesting. Can you cite for us a reliable source for this ?


14 posted on 10/02/2011 6:48:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Melas
You could start your research here.
15 posted on 10/02/2011 7:34:23 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: SeekAndFind
There aren't too many people willing to take on the homosexual lobby, because of their vast resources and aggressive politics.

Unless you want to spend a lot of money on journal subscriptions, you have to start researching through sites like this.

16 posted on 10/02/2011 7:37:13 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: douginthearmy

So, if someone thinks they are Napoleon Bonaparte, you are against home recruiting for Waterloo II, but you don’t want to fix his mental problem?

To each his own, but I try to help those in need of help!


17 posted on 10/02/2011 7:59:21 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Melas

Anything could be a temporary aberration. Anything. I supposed if anyone set their mind to it, they could change a lot of things.

it wouldn’t always lead to a good result however


18 posted on 10/02/2011 4:25:25 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (N)
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To: douginthearmy

I agree with you sir.


19 posted on 10/02/2011 4:28:07 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (N)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thanks. Glad to hear there’s such wonderful hope.

At my church, each Sunday, at the beginning of the service, the pastors welcome everyone. They state they are available and will support folks who are striving to be conformed into the image of Christ and to live a life in obedience to Scripture and that we cherish and accept everyone as they walk that path.

I enjoyed reading the article and am so glad to hear of many who yearn to be free.


20 posted on 10/02/2011 5:43:10 PM PDT by Joya (http://www.amazon.com/QUESTIONS-BUILDING-LOVE-Conversational-ebook/dp/B005GHDSOC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&)
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To: ExTxMarine

Appreciate your comments. God bless you.


21 posted on 10/02/2011 5:45:33 PM PDT by Joya (http://www.amazon.com/QUESTIONS-BUILDING-LOVE-Conversational-ebook/dp/B005GHDSOC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&)
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To: douginthearmy

Not necessarily a crusade to fix homosexuals, rather, a resource for homosexuals who are hoping to change. For the ones who have a heart to leave homosexuality, glad there’s somewhere they can go and receive support.


22 posted on 10/02/2011 5:49:06 PM PDT by Joya (http://www.amazon.com/QUESTIONS-BUILDING-LOVE-Conversational-ebook/dp/B005GHDSOC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&)
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