Ex-Gays?: A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation
Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse present social science research on homosexuals designed to answer the questions: Can persons who participate in focused religious ministries experience a change in their sexual orientation? Is it harmful for anyone...
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Stanton L. Jones and Mark A. Yarhouse present social science research on homosexuals designed to answer the questions:
Can persons who participate in focused religious ministries experience a change in their sexual orientation?
Is it harmful for anyone to participate in such programs?
The results show that outcomes for this kind of religious program are similar to outcomes of therapy for other psychological problems. Such programs do not appear to be harmful on average to individuals.
This research will be of interest to all those who want to know the latest research on sexual orientation change and the effects of religiously based programs on those who utilize them.
"Congratulations on your book. It is well and thoughtfully done, and the meticulous adherence to your experimental design gives added weight to your findings. Your carefully executed research demands a substantial and credible reexamination of current, politically driven, politically correct dogma that homosexual orientation is immutable and that the therapeutic address thereof threatens patient well-being. In a best-case scenario, your research might even pursuade the organized mental health movement to return to almost forgotten principles that it is the patients right to choose, and that the patient has the capacity to do so. "Rogers H. Wright, Ph.D., Fellow and Past President of Divisions 12 and 31 of the American Psychological Association; Founding President, Council for the Advancement of the Psychological Professions and Sciences; Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
Mark A. Yarhouse (Psy.D., Wheaton College) is professor of psychology and director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity (www.sexualidentityinstitute.org) at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he has taught since 1998. A licensed clinical psychologist, he serves as an adjunct faculty member of both the Institute for Sexual Wholeness in Atlanta, Georgia, and the psychology department of Wheaton College Graduate School.
His books include Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal, co-authored with Richard E. Butman and Barrett W. McRay, Sexual Identity Synthesis: A Guide to Living in the Time Between the Times, co-authored with Lori A. Burkett, Sexual Identity Synthesis: Attributions, Meaning-Making and the Search for Congruence, co-authored with Erica S. N. Tan, Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate, and Ex-gays?: A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation co-authored with Stanton L. Jones. Most recently he has produced Family Therapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal with James N. Sells.
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Stanton L. Jones (Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Arizona State University) is provost and professor of psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. During his tenure as chair of the psychology department (1984-1996), he led the development of Wheaton's Doctor of Psychology program in clinical psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and served on the Council of Representatives, the central governing body of the APA, representing the Psychology of Religion division from 1999 to 2001.
In 1994 he was named a Research Fellow of the Evangelical Scholars Program of the Pew Foundation. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Divinity School of the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, for the 1995-1996 academic year. Jones authored the lead article, "Religion and Psychology," for the Encyclopedia of Psychology, jointly published in 2000 by the American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press.
Jones has also written, with his wife, Brenna, a five-book series on sex education in the Christian family called God's Design for Sex. He is also the co-author of Modern Psychotherapies (with Richard E. Butman) and Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church's Moral Debate and Ex-gays? :A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation (with Mark A. Yarhouse) and editor of Psychology and Christianity: Five Views. He has published many other professional and popular articles and chapters.
- Lists Of Figures And Tables
- 1. The Controversy
- 2. Understanding The Population: Christian Views Of Sexuality, Ethical Norms, And Views Of Healing And Change
- 3. Rationale For The Study
- 4. Methodology For This Study
- 5. Our Sample
- 6. Understanding And Measuring Change Of Sexual Orientation
- 7. Can Sexual Orientation Change? Report Of The Quantitative Analysis
- 8. Can Sexual Orientation Change? Report Of The Qualitative (and Supporting Quantitative) Analyses
- 9. Is The Attempt To Change Harmful? Impact On Psychological And Spiritual Functioning
- 10. Conclusion
- Name Index
- Subject Index