Thursday, April 1, 2010

American Psychological Association says, “Don’t tell patients they can change their sexual orientation.” - The Sexual Continuum - Dr. Brian Mustanski

The American Psychological Association's (APA) governing Council of Representatives recently adopted a resolution stating that mental health professionals should avoid telling clients that they can change their sexual orientation through therapy or other treatments. The resolution also advises that parents, young people and their families avoid sexual orientation treatments that falsely portray homosexuality as a mental illness or developmental disorder. If a family or individual is struggling with acceptance, the resolution advises seeking services "that provide accurate information on sexual orientation and sexuality, increase family and school support, and reduce rejection of sexual minority youth."

APA appointed the six-member Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation in 2007. The task force examined the peer-reviewed journal articles in English from 1960 to 2007, which included 83 studies. The group also reviewed the recent literature on the psychology of sexual orientation. Some of the major conclusions of this literature review were: Read more The Sexual Continuum Photo

Does “internalized homophobia” still matter?

One of the most widely studied topics in the decades of research on LGBT health has been the concept of "internalized homophobia." Although definitions of IH differ somewhat depending on the theorist, the concept generally refers to the internalization of society's homophobic attitudes within a lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) person. Over the years, researchers have found internalized homophobia to correlate with a variety of psychological, behavioral, and medical outcomes like depression, substance use, and sexual behaviors that put one at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Read more The Sexual Continuum
Ignorance About Human Sexuality Is Harmful To Children

Related links:

SEXUAL CONVERSION THERAPIES – by Jack Drescher, M.D. – Read more

Sexual orientation is less about sex and more about love, being one with another human being. Attachment Theory - LOVE and RELIGION – read more

Marriage Equality -> Restores “Hope of Love” To Children In Early Childhood – read more

Dr. Caitlin Ryan - Family Acceptance Project™ read more

Galileo & Benedict XVI & Homosexuality & Natural Law – read more

Auschwitz - Christmas 2008 - Brokeback Mountain – Read more 

Prayers for Bobby – read more

Continuum of Human Sexuality - The Kinsey Scale – read more

SEX, LIES, & GENDER – The Story of the Intersex Soldier - Explorer / National Geographic Channel – Read more 

New study suggests bans on gay marriage hurt mental health of LGB people - Dr. Brian Mustanski - The Sexual Continuum - University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Juvenile Research - Read more

The Sexual Continuum
Discussing all things related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) health and development: from the biology of sexual orientation to talking to your family about sexuality to the pros and cons of the Internet in our romantic lives. by Dr. Brian Mustanski – read more

Dr. Brian Mustanski is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for Juvenile Research and is an expert in LGBT health and developmentRead more

Kids Are Being Hurt!!!

"Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit." Erik Erikson

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