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A renowned psychologist who was a former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) has submitted an affidavit saying that he personally treated over 2,000 homosexuals for various conditions, while his staff counselled thousands more, and he knows of “hundreds” who successfully changed their orientation.
Nicholas Cummings filed the affidavit in support of a motion by JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing) before the New Jersey Superior Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) accusing the group of “fraud” for offering reparative therapy services.
JONAH is a Jewish organization that offers assistance to men and women seeking to resolve their sexual conflicts, focusing specifically on unwanted same-sex attractions.
Originally posted by Xcalibur254
At worst it has been shown to lead to psychological disorders.
Of the approximate 18,000 gay and lesbian patients that we treated through Kaiser in San Francisco, I estimate that about 67% had satisfactory outcomes. The majority of these patients were able to attain a happier and more stable homosexual lifestyle. Of the patients who had sought to change their sexual orientation, hundreds were successful. The remaining one third of patients had unsuccessful therapeutic outcomes, including continued promiscuity, unhappiness, drug addiction, etc.
The best-quality studies were more recent and qualitative, the APA task force found, meaning they focused not on the statistical effectiveness of treatment, but of the subjective experience.
"These studies show that enduring change to an individual's sexual orientation is uncommon," the task force wrote in their 2009 report. The participants continued to report same-sex attractions after the conversion therapy, and were not significantly more attracted to the opposite gender.
These studies did find that conversion therapy could be harmful, however. Negative effects included "loss of sexual feeling, depression, suicidality and anxiety."
Originally posted by wiser3
When he publishes a statement saying "I KNOW hundreds of homosexuals who have changed their sexual orientation" I may be a TINY bit more inclined to listen but to say "I know OF hundreds...." means nothing!