The truth about new study claiming ex-gay conversion therapy works

Aug 24, 2018

By Zack Ford

A newly published study that purports to show the benefits of ex-gay conversion therapy is exciting anti-LGBTQ groups like the Liberty Counsel that oppose attempts to ban the harmful and ineffective treatment. Unfortunately for those groups, the study’s scientific credentials are lacking and the research isn’t even new.

The study, “Effects of Therapy on Religious Men Who Have Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction,” was published last month in The Linacre Quarterly. According to the Liberty Counsel, it “confirms the overwhelming effectiveness of people receiving counseling to reduce or eliminate their unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or identity.”

It doesn’t.

The researchers did not actually assess whether any particular treatment has any particular effect; they simply surveyed a group of 125 men who had undergone some form of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) to see whether they believed it helped. There was no before-and-after assessment. Instead, they simply asked participants to think back to how they believe they felt before they started conversion therapy.

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One comment on “The truth about new study claiming ex-gay conversion therapy works”

  • @OP – The researchers did not actually assess whether any particular treatment has any particular effect; they simply surveyed a group of 125 men who had undergone some form of sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) to see whether they believed it helped. There was no before-and-after assessment.

    Well:- before and after objective assessments, would be that “sciency stuff” – and nothing to do with “faith” in dogmatic preconceptions! 🙂

    I see that Malaysia has that “religion-of-peace” Islamic “conversion therapy”!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45395086

    Two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a car have been caned in a religious court.

    The Muslim women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu.

    According to an official, this is the state’s first conviction for same-sex relations and its first public caning.

    Human rights activists reacted with outrage. Homosexual activity is illegal under both secular and religious laws.

    The caning was witnessed by more than 100 people, according to local news outlet The Star.

    They had last month pleaded guilty to breaking Islamic laws and were sentenced to be caned and fined RM3,300 ($800, £619).

    Malaysia operates a dual-track legal system.
    Muslims are bound by Sharia – or Islamic – law on personal matters like marriage and custody rights, while members of other faiths follow civil law.




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