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NARTH provides solid research

March 21, 2011

I strongly recommend the NARTH Journal of Human Sexuality, Volume II, (2011). It is available on the NARTH website and provides comprehensively researched articles on key issues currently under debate.

1) “Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions and Behavior”, from the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, Task Force on Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions and Behavior – The guidelines are a very well balanced approach to dealing with clients who express dissatisfaction with their SSA.

2) Douglas A. Abbott, “Behavioral Genetics and Homosexuality.” This article deals with the complicated relationship between genes and behavior.

“… although homosexuality may be influenced by genetic factors (as are all complex psychosocial behaviors), it is not determined solely or even primarily by genetic factors.”

3) A. Dean Byrd, “Dual-Gender Parenting for Optimal Child Development.” This article collects research on parenting and concludes that:

“Dual-gender parenting is the most healthful family form in which to nurture and rear children, a fact that has been evidenced by decades of social science research—beginning with the extensive research on children reared in single-parent families.”

4) Neil E.Whitehead, “Homosexuality and Co-Morbidities: Research and Therapeutic Implications.” This article reviews literature on mental health conditions among persons with SSA.

“Reliable surveys in a survey of the literature show that a score of mental health conditions in almost every DSM category are present in the general SSA population at rates three or more times greater than in the opposite-sex attraction (OSA) population. These conditions include bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia, but more predominantly consist of mood disorders, depression, substance abuse, and suicidality.”

 

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