Journal of Human Sexuality
The Journal of Human Sexuality, the official publication of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI), is a scholarly journal dedicated to the dissemination of information in the field of human sexuality with a particular emphasis on sexual orientation and gender. The chief aim of the journal is to publish thought-provoking scholarship by researchers, clinicians, and other like-minded scholars. In keeping with the ATCSI’s mission, the journal particularly seeks articles relevant to the understanding and care of persons who experience unwanted same-sex attractions and/or gender dysphoria and the clinicians who provide this care. Reasoned perspectives and theoretical approaches that may be unwelcome for political and ideological reasons within mainstream psychology are encouraged. The journal welcomes empirical research (both quantitative and qualitative), theoretical and conceptual articles, in-depth reviews of the research and literature, clinical case studies, book reviews, and letters to the editor. The journal is published annually, provided free to ATCSI partners, and is accessible one year after publication through the ProQuest databases and the journal’s web site.
Journal of Human Sexuality, Volume 11
Special Section II: Religious and Spiritual Issues among Clients with Unwanted SSA
Shirley Cox & David Pruden – Working with Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Who Struggle with Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions and Behaviors
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as Mormons or Latter-day Saints) believe in the tenants of most other Christian congregations, including the basic principles as expressed in the Bible along with other unique scriptures and prophetic revelations. They believe God exists, He is aware of them and their trials, and He will support them in their desire to live in concert with their life-encompassing gospel plan of salvation. Members of the LDS Church believe they lived in a premortal existence, as gendered spirit children of heavenly parents. However, it is generally difficult for a member of the Church to share their personal feelings and/or deeply held values, their perceived sexual attractions, or gender identity issues. This article provides the clinically trained therapist with sufficient basic information regarding their LDS client’s believed eternal identity, cultural environment, and worldview, to enable them to initiate a therapeutic alliance and maintain a foundation of hope for the future.
Phillip Sutton – Serving Clients with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction and Behavior as Catholics: A Qualitative Stud
Fourteen Catholic mental and medical healthcare professionals known by the author through his involvement with them in activities sponsored by one or more professional organizations and/or Catholic ministry responded to a questionnaire asking how their Catholic faith influences their service to persons with unwanted same-sex attraction and behavior. This paper summarizes the respondents’ comments regarding how they find that the Catholic worldview is a positive resource for their practice, what therapeutic theoretical orientations guide and techniques are used in their practice, what spiritual/religious and other resources and activities they recommend that their clients or patients practice along with receiving their professional care, and how they respond differently to persons of non-Catholic Christian, other, and no religious faith. The respondents’ comments are discussed in light of the professional ethical principles to “do no harm,” “do good,” and respect clients’ right to practice religious faith as they determine.
Articles and Research Reviews:
E. M. Friedman – Critique of the Report of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation (2009)
In 2009 the American Psychological Association (APA) published a review of literature on homosexual sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) entitled, “Report of the APA Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation”, which concluded that such efforts are “unlikely to be successful.” This critique investigated the studies that were cited by APA as the basis for their conclusion and found that a good many of the studies reported encouraging results from sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) and did not concur with the conclusion of the APA authors. Additional problems with the APA report included the almost unanimous presence of homosexual members on the Task Force (6 out of 7 members), with the 7th member consistently aligned with pro-homosexual causes, along with numerous instances of data presented that were directly contradicted by study statistics. The APA authors also arbitrarily excluded scores of books and scientific studies favorable to SOCE that were authored during the 1960 to 2006 window of investigation utilized to compile the review. Given the increasing trend for states to ban SOCE even for men who desire it, the harm engendered by the issuance of a potentially biased report by the prestigious APA cannot be overstated. Based on the evidence presented, the critique ends with a call for a research misconduct investigation into the APA Task Force report.
Christopher H. Rosik – Reflections on the life and legacy of Joseph Nicolosi, Sr.: An Interview with Linda Nicolosi
Linda Nicolosi is the widow of Joseph Nicolosi, Sr., and served faithfully alongside him for 39 years of marriage before his untimely death in 2017. She is currently republishing all four of Dr. Nicolosi’s books under her own imprint, Liberal Mind Publishers. The books are available through josephnicolosi.com, where many of her late husband’s articles also remain available. In this interview, she shares her recollections of her husband, their involvement in the early years of NARTH (now the Alliance), and her observations about the current state of the mental health field for those providing care for persons with unwanted same-sex attractions.
Christopher H. Rosik – The Creation and Inflation of Prevalence Statistics: The Case of “Conversion Therapy”
In this review, I offer a critical analysis of the Williams Institute’s Generations Survey and the National Center for Transgender Equality’s United States Transgender Survey. On the basis of these surveys, claims are being forwarded that hundreds of thousands of minors and adults have been exposed to the torturous practices of “conversion therapy” and tens of thousands more are in imminent danger of suffering that fate. However, non-specific single-items in the Generations Study and the U.S. Transgender Survey are being misused to support non-specific restrictions on professional therapy. The methodological limitations of these surveys have likely resulted in the inflation of “conversion therapy” prevalence statistics and a serious distortion in the public’s understanding of this topic. These statistics can hardly be considered a scientifically responsible basis for legal prohibitions on client-centered, professional change-allowing and fluidity exploring talk therapies. The Williams Institute, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and scholars utilizing their data are not living up to claims of ideological independence and scientific rigor.
Christopher H. Rosik – A Critical Review of 2020 Research on Harms from Efforts to Change Sexual Attractions and Behaviors: Minimal Advancement of Science, Maximal Advancement of Agendas
The following critique provides a critical examination of three recent empirical studies purporting to show evidence of harms from exposure to change-allowing therapies. Thirteen areas of methodological and definitional concern are presented to highlight the severely problematic nature of utilizing this research to support legal bans on SAFE-T in particular and contemporary change-allowing therapies generally. This analysis also briefly examines a model law for banning change-related practices, which identified some new developments in this ban template with special relevance to faith-based practitioners and organizations. Overall, these articles shed more light on the motives and aims of the authors’ agendas than they provide scientifically based assistance in identifying specific sources of harm directly attributable to contemporary SAFE-T. Hence, these studies (like most before them) cannot be credibly employed to support the draconian infringements on professional and religious speech and practice dictated by current legislative bans.
Dermot O’Callaghan – A Review of Douglas Murray’s (2019) The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity
Sheri Golden – Review of Abigail Shrier’s (2020) Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters
Christopher H. Rosik – Review of Mark A. Yarhouse’s (2019) Sexual Identity & Faith: Helping Clients Find Congruence