American Psychological Association: ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy Doesn’t Work

The L.A. Times reports:

Exgay "There is no evidence to support the claims of some practitioners that sexual orientation can be changed through therapy, a special committee of the American Psychological Assn. reported today. Mental health professionals should not tell patients that they can change their sexual orientation and instead should help them 'explore possible life paths that address the reality of their sexual orientation,' according to the report, which was released at a Toronto meeting of the association and online."

The 138-page report released today is a result of a study by a six-person committee which began in 2007 following therapist claims that sexual orientation could be changed.

At that time, Focus on the Family and other right-wing groups sent a letter to the APA which read, in part: "We believe that psychologists should assist clients to develop lives that they value, even if that means they decline to identify as homosexual."

The APA has chosen to go with reality.

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Posted August 5, 2009 at 5:20pm ETC by Andy Towle
in "Ex-Gays", News