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Sexual Conversion Therapy: Ethical, Clincial, and Research Perspectives 0th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0789019108
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"The editors present a wealth of first-person accounts of often-harrowing journeys by those seeking to become 'ex-gays' and those seeking to 'cure' them via psychoanalysis, aversive conditioning, or religious faith healing." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael J. Schroeder is an independent scholar who has taught U.S. and Latin American History at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Flint. He received B.A.s in History and Economics at the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on Nicaraguan history, including pieces on death squads, children and war, the question of aerial terrorism in the air war of the 1920s and 1930s, and his award-winning 1996 article in the "Journal of Latin American Studies", "Horse Thieves to Rebels to Dogs," on Nicaraguan political violence. He is currently completing his book manuscript, "The Sandino Rebellion: Tragedy and Redemption in the Mountains of Northern Nicaragua". He has also authored a middle school text on Mexican-American history and immigration and is co-editor of "Encyclopedia of World History".

Drescher is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Fellow and Trustee of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press (May 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789019108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789019103
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,411,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Excellent body of work. This book is so very much needed. It provides a comprehensive view of conversion therapy, in addition to new seminal research on the ethics of conversion therapy (see the Schroeder and Shidlo article).
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The problem with providing groups like NARTH and Exodus International equal time, is that these fringe psychological groups make up such a tiny minority of professionals who deal with the subject of homosexuality - so while it is important to understand what they say, it is even more important to know that these people make up less than 5% of the all the professionals who deal with this subject. Should they have a voice - of course - do they represent the consensus of a majority of psychologists, psychiatrists and doctors who have delved into this topic - NO! This is a great book and more than fair!
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A good deconstruction of the aims, methods and outcomes of an ex-gay theology and what the psychological community has to say about the efficacy and ethics of the matter.

Although sometimes I skimmed over the statistics, the book itself was a quick read and concretized many of the points I lived through as a survivor of the ex-gay movement.
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This is not a bad resource for people interested in the subject, because it provides a good -- though very biased - review of the arguments used by those who oppose therapies aimed at helping people who are not comfortable and do not want to become comfortable with their homosexual attractions. Unfortunately, they ignore any researchers, therapists, or clients who support or see benefit in these therapies, while giving the impression that their work is actually a comprehensive treatment of the subject.

At the least, I would recommend searching the NARTH website for the names of some of the editors or contributors to this book, to see what scientists and clinicians on the "other side" have to say about their work.

There is a need for a more balanced book on the subject, that fairly covers all sides of the issue, but of course everyone is more intent on promoting their own sociopolitical stance.
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