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Ex-gays?: A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation [Paperback]

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Pages   414
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.08" Height: 1.19"
Weight:   1.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 24, 2007
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  083082846X  
EAN  9780830828463  


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Is change of sexual orientation, particularly of homosexual orientation, possible at all? Is the attempt to change sexual orientation harmful? Researchers Stanton L. Jones (Wheaton College) and Mark A. Yarhouse (Regent University) detail the findings of a groundbreaking study that addresses these questions in Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation. The American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association and other professional organizations offer seemingly absolute answers to these disputed questions, warning that change is impossible and the attempt harmful. Jones and Yarhouse report in their book Ex-Gays? that their findings "appear to contradict the commonly expressed view of the mental health establishment that change of sexual orientation is impossible and that the attempt to change is highly likely to produce harm for those who make such an attempt." In their book Ex-Gays? Jones and Yarhouse describe the controversy within the mental health establishment surrounding attempts to change sexual orientation. They share their rationale for conducting this study and detail their extensive assessments of the sexual orientations and psychological distress levels of a large group of individuals seeking sexual orientation change through a variety of religious ministries. "In this study we found empirical evidence that change of homosexual orientation may be possible through involvement in Exodus ministries," write Jones and Yarhouse. "Further, we found little evidence of harm incurred as a result of the involvement of the participants in the Exodus change process." The study detailed in Ex-Gays? is the most scientifically rigorous of its kind to date, and uses multiple measures regarded as "industry standards." Knowing their results would generate controversy, Jones and Yarhouse have thoroughly described the rationale for their procedures in this book. Ex-Gays? is forecast to set the standard for all future work in this field and demand a serious reading from social scientists. It is accessible and relevant to pastors and thinking Christians in all walks of life.

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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.

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Stanton L. Jones is provost and professor of psychology at Wheaton College. He has written numerous books and articles on the interface of the science and profession of psychology with Christianity, including Psychology: A Student's Guide and a prominent article in the journal American Psychologist.

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and six grandchildren.



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Excellent book  May 30, 2009
This is an excellent book on a topic that needs such research. It's good to see that there is hope for someone struggling with homosexuality and who desires to come out of that lifestyle.
 
A Book of Cooked Statistics  Apr 15, 2009
A Book of Cooked Statistics... couldn't even fill it's target study population.

As stated in a review by Michael R. Airhart (below), the statistics are so poor as to be unpublishable in a reputable peer reviewed journal. This book is nothing but a predetermined conclusion searching for justification but failing.
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-- The study was conducted by two supporters of ex-gay ministries.

-- They originally sought 300 participants, but after more than a year of seeking to round up volunteers, they had to settle on only 98 participants.

-- During the course of the study, 25 dropped out, and one participant's answers were too incomplete to be used.

-- Of the remaining 72 only 11 reported "satisfactory, if not uncomplicated, heterosexual adjustment." (direct quote). Some of these 11 remained primarily homosexual in attraction or, at best, bisexual, but were satisfied that they were just slightly more attracted to the opposite sex, or slightly less attracted to the same sex.

-- After the study ended, but before the book was finished, one of the 11 wrote to the authors to say that he lied -- he really wanted to change, had really hoped he had changed, and answered that he had changed. But he concluded that he hadn't, came out, and is now living as an openly gay man.

-- Dozens of participants experienced no lessening of same-sex attraction and no increase in opposite-sex attraction, but were classified as "success" stories by Jones and Yarhouse simply because they maintained celibacy -- something many conservative gay people already do.

-- The study purposely declined to interview any ex-gay survivors: people who claim to have been injured by ex-gay programs and who have formed support groups such as Beyond Ex-Gay. Despite -- or because of -- this omission, the authors of this study make the unfounded claim that there is little or no evidence of harm resulting from unproven, unsupervised, unlicensed, and amateur ex-gay counseling tactics.

In short, the study design was so flawed that no mainstream, peer-reviewed, mental-health journal would publish it.
 
Psychological Research on Religious Counseling  Dec 28, 2008
Authors Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse in "Ex-gays?" present the most thorough longitudinal study to date addressing whether Christian counseling intervention can successfully help motivated individuals to alter aspects of their sexual orientation. Their five-year longitudinal study provides evidenced-based documentation sets the standard for future work in this controversial field.

Whether others agree or not philosophically, the "ball is in their court" to reexamine the politically driven, politically correct dogma that homosexual orientation is immutable and that restorative therapy is harmful. Jones and Yarhouse make a substantial contribution to this oft-debated area of psychological research.

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., LCPC, author of "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and "Beyond the Suffering."
 
Interesting raw data, flawed interpretations  Oct 14, 2008
Detailed, five-year surveys of the ex-gay movement are much needed and long overdue, and so the raw data collected by Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse are a welcome addition to available research. (For related research, search for books about ex-gay research by Ariel Shidlo or Jack Drescher.)

The conclusions based upon the Jones/Yarhouse data, unfortunately, appear biased: Both Jones and Yarhouse work at conservative Christian universities, and compromises in study design and execution were made in order to secure the cooperation of ex-gay members of Exodus International, an organization that claims to support people leaving homosexuality. This book quickly secured endorsements from ex-gay and antigay therapists, but support from mainstream mental-health professionals has thus far been lacking.

Watchdog web sites including Box Turtle Bulletin, Truth Wins Out and Ex-Gay Watch have found the following shortcomings, which I hope are addressed in future studies:

-- The study was conducted by two supporters of ex-gay ministries.

-- They originally sought 300 participants, but after more than a year of seeking to round up volunteers, they had to settle on only 98 participants.

-- During the course of the study, 25 dropped out, and one participant's answers were too incomplete to be used.

-- Of the remaining 72 only 11 reported "satisfactory, if not uncomplicated, heterosexual adjustment." (direct quote). Some of these 11 remained primarily homosexual in attraction or, at best, bisexual, but were satisfied that they were just slightly more attracted to the opposite sex, or slightly less attracted to the same sex.

-- After the study ended, but before the book was finished, one of the 11 wrote to the authors to say that he lied -- he really wanted to change, had really hoped he had changed, and answered that he had changed. But he concluded that he hadn't, came out, and is now living as an openly gay man.

-- Dozens of participants experienced no lessening of same-sex attraction and no increase in opposite-sex attraction, but were classified as "success" stories by Jones and Yarhouse simply because they maintained celibacy -- something many conservative gay people already do.

-- The study purposely declined to interview any ex-gay survivors: people who claim to have been injured by ex-gay programs and who have formed support groups such as Beyond Ex-Gay. Despite -- or because of -- this omission, the authors of this study make the unfounded claim that there is little or no evidence of harm resulting from unproven, unsupervised, unlicensed, and amateur ex-gay counseling tactics.

In short, the study design was so flawed that no mainstream, peer-reviewed, mental-health journal would publish it.

The raw data obtained from Jones' and Yarhouse's surveys will hopefully lead to greater understanding in future studies, despite these researchers' strained efforts to make failure to "change" sound like success.
 
GREAT BOOK ... Conviction does not equal bias  Dec 29, 2007
Jones & Yarhouse have done the research community -- and all who are seriously interested in the homosexual-legitimacy question -- a great service. This is a rigorous, well-planned, and thoroughly documented study.

As far as the comments concerning Dr. Rekers' review, though Rekers may have conservative views concerning sexuality, that does not of necessity require him to be bias, prejudiced, or bigoted. Moreover, the same accusation could be leveled at those who are promoting the homosexual agenda. What's true of the goose is also true of the gander.

This is an excellent book, and one worthy of your time and money.
 

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