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Important gay-to-straight research published in APA Journal
Grove City College ^ | 05/29/02

Posted on 05/30/2002 10:01:06 AM PDT by scripter

"Initial Empirical and Clinical Findings Concerning the Change Process for Ex-Gays," an article by Dr. Warren Throckmorton, is published in the current issue of the American Psychological Association's publication Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

"I'm pleased that this research summary will reach an audience of psychologists and mental health professionals that may not be aware of ex-gay issues," says Throckmorton, the director of college counseling at Grove City College. "My literature review contradicts the policies of major mental health organizations because it suggests that sexual orientation, once thought to be an unchanging sexual trait, is actually quite flexible for many people, changing as a result of therapy for some, ministry for others and spontaneously for still others."

In professional circles, the debate over the development of sexual orientation centers around two viewpoints. The more prevalent of these, known as the essentialist view, argues that sexual orientation is innate, "in-born," and therefore not subject to change. The APA has supported this view, and therefore, has influenced the approach many mental health practitioners currently take.

The second, and less accepted viewpoint, known as the contructionist perspective, posits that sexual orientation is a socially-constructed product of a client's life experiences and can therefore be modified; people who modify orientation through counseling are known as "ex-gays." Throckmorton's research presents data consistent with this latter view.

"The APA's professionalism in handling this research is commendable and I think it demonstrates the APA's willingness to explore all sides of this important matter," Throckmorton said.

His analysis gathers previous studies of individuals who sought to change their sexual orientation. A majority of those responding to surveys of former gays indicate their experiences were positive and helpful. This finding is in contrast to claims from some mental health professionals that efforts to change are always harmful.

Frequently religion played a major role in motivating a client to seek reorientation, Throckmorton notes, a fact that leads him to caution mental health professionals against assuming that the profession fully understands the potential and limitation for human change. "For years, public and professional opinion of ex-gay ministries have been influenced by anecdotes from persons not helped by these ministries," he said. "Basing opinions on the experience of only those who have not been helped gives an incomplete and therefore inaccurate picture of the potential for alteration of human sexual identity."

Throckmorton's article summarizes the experiences of thousands of individuals who believe their sexuality has changed as a result of reorientation ministries and counseling.

Throckmorton's article is a continuation of a paper presented at the APA conference last August in Washington, DC, in a standing-room-only symposium, entitled "Gays, Ex-Gays and Ex-Ex Gays--Examining Key Religious Ethical and Diversity Issues." The article adds additional current research and adds recommendations for mental health professionals.

The final recommendation in Throckmorton's list states, "Practitioners should not refuse service to clients who pursue an ex-gay course but rather should respect the diversity of choice and consider a referral to an ex-gay ministry or practitioner."

In addition to serving as Grove City College's director of college counseling, Dr. Throckmorton is an associate professor of psychology at the college. A past president of the American Mental Health Counselor's Association, he also holds membership on the Magellan Behavioral Healthcare's National Provider Advisory Board representing licensed professional counselors. In 1998, he received the George E. Hill Distinguished Alumni Award from the faculty of Ohio University's Counselor Education Program. He earned a B.A. from Cedarville College, an M.A. from Central Michigan University and Ph.D. from Ohio University.

For more information: 
email Dr. Warren Throckmorton or call 724-458-3787
email Director of College Relations Lee Wishing  or 724-458-3332


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda

1 posted on 05/30/2002 10:01:07 AM PDT by scripter
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To: EdReform; Khepera
Ping.
2 posted on 05/30/2002 10:01:52 AM PDT by scripter
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To: scripter
"My literature review contradicts the policies of major mental health organizations because it suggests that sexual orientation, once thought to be an unchanging sexual trait, is actually quite flexible for many people, changing as a result of therapy for some, ministry for others and spontaneously for still others."

It's never spontaneous. The subject must have had to think about it for quite a while before seemingly spontaneously changing.

The rest of this statement is quite valid, though.

4 posted on 05/30/2002 10:13:00 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: scripter
The truth surely reaches these academics slowly, doesn't it...? I remember hearing about this trend for the first time over 3 years ago...

:) ttt

5 posted on 05/30/2002 10:17:28 AM PDT by detsaoT
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To: scripter;*Homosexual Agenda
Bump & Ping
6 posted on 05/30/2002 10:44:34 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: scripter
A Change In Thinking

The Innate-Immutable Argument Finds No Basis in Science; In Their Own Words: Gay Activists Speak About Science, Morality, Philosophy

7 posted on 05/30/2002 10:54:37 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: scripter
I never understood how fairies and their advocates can claim that faggitude isn't curable. Sexual orientation is immutable, they claim, but sexual equipment, isn't. Thus, a female born in a male's body is granted permission to make the change, but a fairy born in a male's body, isn't. It seems illogical to me. But, I also don't understand where the advocates of a pattern of behavior, behavior that is, at worst, perversion, and, at best, aberrant, got so much power in such a short time. "Alternative life style" is marketing talk for, "We are looking for clean, fresh meat."
8 posted on 05/30/2002 11:59:05 AM PDT by Tacis
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To: McNoggin
Wow. You're intelligent. They're Christian therefore they don't count. With ignorant people like you, who needs liberals?
9 posted on 05/30/2002 12:14:03 PM PDT by Exnihilo
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To: EdReform
Have you seen this one: The gay gene: going, going... gone
10 posted on 05/30/2002 4:50:40 PM PDT by scripter
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To: scripter
"The APA's professionalism in handling this research is commendable and I think it demonstrates the APA's willingness to explore all sides of this important matter," Throckmorton said...kudos to Dr. Throckmotton - and the APA - they were in such turmoil about the issue of inborn vs. acquired and so under the influence of the PC crowd just a few years ago that their statement of ethical principles was rewritten in tortured language which made it almost an ethical violation to treat homosexuals focusing on their sexual orientation. That they are now publishing such works as Dr. Throckmorton's marks real progress - not even the APA can hide from the truth forever.....
11 posted on 05/30/2002 9:45:14 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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Hey, if gays can recruit, why can't straights?
12 posted on 05/30/2002 10:06:36 PM PDT by Green Knight
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To: ShadowAce
Spontaneous does not mean "instantly" it means "on its own"

spon·ta·ne·ous   Pronunciation Key  (spaltn-taltaltnalt-alts)
adj.

  1. Happening or arising without apparent external cause; self-generated.
  2. Arising from a natural inclination or impulse and not from external incitement or constraint.
  3. Unconstrained and unstudied in manner or behavior.
  4. Growing without cultivation or human labor.

13 posted on 05/31/2002 4:27:36 AM PDT by Khepera
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To: Khepera
OK. I had always connoted (is that a word?) it to be suddenly, but I can accept that definition.
14 posted on 05/31/2002 4:46:07 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: scripter
Yes -- very good article.
15 posted on 05/31/2002 7:06:19 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: L.N. Smithee;Clint N. Suhks;Buffalo Bob;SiKKuS;conserve-it; Travis McGee; Salvation;hedgetrimmer...
Ping
16 posted on 06/02/2002 8:00:29 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: scripter
This study will be buried deeper than a coal miner's crap.
17 posted on 06/02/2002 8:26:15 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack
This study will be buried deeper than a coal miner's crap.

You may be right. Perhaps we can keep the issue alive by telling everyone we know and bumping this thread often. I've sent the original article to everyone I know.

18 posted on 06/02/2002 9:23:54 AM PDT by scripter
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To: scripter
Bump!
19 posted on 06/02/2002 9:25:16 AM PDT by EdReform
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To: scripter
The headline should have been "APA Journal Publishes the Truth About Curing Perversion!"
20 posted on 06/02/2002 11:58:40 AM PDT by FormerLib
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To: scripter;tdadams;ronf;emmylou;edreform;kevin curry;argee;formerlib
"My literature review contradicts the policies of major mental health organizations because it suggests that sexual orientation, once thought to be an unchanging sexual trait, is actually quite flexible for many people, changing as a result of therapy for some, ministry for others and spontaneously for still others."

Ex-perversionists?
Kinda like long term incarceration, so called bi-sexuality and confession all prove it’s choice too! Go figure?

21 posted on 06/03/2002 6:30:52 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: scripter
The final recommendation in Throckmorton's list states, "Practitioners should not refuse service to clients who pursue an ex-gay course but rather should respect the diversity of choice and consider a referral to an ex-gay ministry or practitioner."

There's that "choice" word. It's thrown around all too loosely with respect to "sexual orientation." But this sentence uses it correctly. Once a person recognizes him/herself as "homosexual" that's when there is a choice. One can either accept it, or try to treat it. One doesn't generally make a "choice" to have their sexual desires channeled into a homosexual direction. Once certainly doesn't wake up in the morning and say, "I think I'll be gay." But one can choose whether to attempt to look for treatment.

That's why the outcry against schools teaching homosex as a valid lifestyle. The kids need to be shown where to go for treatment - just as they would be if they had a tendency toward anger.

Shalom.

22 posted on 06/03/2002 7:07:12 AM PDT by ArGee
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To: scripter
Is the Fashion World Ready for Openly Heterosexual Designers?
23 posted on 06/03/2002 7:10:43 AM PDT by Hillary's Folly
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To: Clint N. Suhks
and "confession" all prove it’s choice too

Interesting article but the authoress fails to examine the mental illness aspect of SAD. Most male SADs have been either molested or have a unsatisfactory or absent relationship with their father. They choose to practice homosexual behavior to either avoid painful memories (it must have been ok for me when I was molested because its ok for me now) or to gain affection from a male figure (dad didn't love me but so-and-so obviously does)

Any exposure of children to homosexual activity is child abuse

God Save America (Please)

24 posted on 06/03/2002 7:20:47 AM PDT by John O
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To: John O
Bump
25 posted on 06/03/2002 9:09:29 AM PDT by EdReform
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