ERIC Number: EJ690611
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Reference Count: 15
Reflections from the Conversion Therapy Battlefield
Gonsiorek, John C.
Counseling Psychologist, v32 n5 p750-759 Aug 2004
In their introductory article, Morrow and Beckstead (2004 [this issue]) discuss the decades-long controversy surrounding therapeutic attempts to change homosexual to heterosexual orientation ("conversion" or "reparative" therapy). Despite the efforts to resolve this controversy, it shows no signs of abating. The articles in this issue, especially those by Haldeman (2004 [this issue]) and Beckstead and Morrow (2004 [this issue]), join a recent article by Lasser and Gottlieb (2004) and the work of Shidlo and Schroeder (2001, 2002) in forming an emerging newtrend in this area, that of integrative solutions to conflicts between sexual orientation and religious belief. This article will briefly review how the controversy about therapeutic attempts to change sexual orientation arrived at this point of integrative solutions and will outline what I believe are assumptions underlying these nascent integrative solutions. The article will focus on how this controversy poses challenges and risks for psychology as a method of scientific inquiry and as a profession.
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