Why a Gay Person Can't Be Made Un-Gay: The Truth About Reparative Therapies, 1st Edition

  • Martin Kantor, MD
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  • ISBN-10: 1440830754
  • ISBN-13: 9781440830754
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released September 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Although homosexuality is becoming less stigmatized in American culture, gays and lesbians still face strong social, familial, financial, or career pressures to "convert" to being heterosexuals. In this groundbreaking book, longtime psychiatrist Martin Kantor, MD-himself homosexual and once immersed in therapy to become "straight"-explains why so-called "reparative therapy" is not only ineffective, but should not be practiced due its faulty theoretical bases and the deeper, lasting damage it can cause. This standout work delves into the history of reparative therapy, describes the findings of major research studies, and discusses outcome studies and ethical and moral considerations. Author Kantor identifies the serious harm that can result from reparative therapy, exposes the religious underpinnings of the process, and addresses the cognitive errors reparative therapy practitioners make while also recognizing some positive features of this mode of treatment. One section of the book is dedicated to discussing the therapeutic process itself, with a focus on therapeutic errors that are part of its fabric. Finally, the author identifies affirmative eclectic therapy-not reparative therapy-as an appropriate avenue for gays who feel they need help, with goals of resolving troubling aspects of their lives that may or may not be related to being homosexual, and of self-acceptance rather than self-mutation.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
1: Description.
2: An Historical Overview.
3: Problems with Research Studies.
4: Outcome.
5: Ethical, Moral, and Practical Considerations/on Banning Reparative Therapy.
6: Harm.
7: The Role Played by Religion and Religious Beliefs.
8: Personal Problems of Reparative Therapists/Homophobia.
9: Cognitive Errors (Erroneous Beliefs) of Reparative Therapists.
10: Positive Aspects of Reparative Therapy.
11: Theory.
12: Speculative Causal Theories.
13: Therapy.
14: Obtaining Informed Consent.
15: Destructive Therapeutic Mindsets.
16: Reparative Therapeutic Mantras.
17: Serendipitous Positive Effects/Unintended Positive Consequences.
18: Therapeutic Errors.
19: Diverse Therapeutic Approaches to SOCE.
20: Therapy for Children and Adolescents.
21: Affirmative Therapy.
22: Treating Compulsive Homosexuality.
23: Treating Self-Homophobia (Ego-Dystonic Homosexuality).
24: Parental Issues.
About the Author.