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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.
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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