Prohibiting Versus Discouraging: Exploring Mental Health Organizations Varied Stances on Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE)

Casey Michael Gamboni*, Dumayi Gutierrez, Heather Morgan-Sowada

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research has shown that sexual orientation change efforts results in more mental health damages than positive outcomes; yet a recent study found that 19.4% of mental health practitioners believe it is ethical to practice sexual orientation change efforts. The purpose of this paper is to highlight existing literature on sexual orientation change efforts, showcase mental health professional organization's stances on ethically prohibiting versus discouraging sexual orientation change efforts, and propose suggestions and learning objectives to mental health organizations. By doing so, we hope all mental health professional organizations enforce a clear ethical code against the practice of sexual orientation change efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-105
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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