Do Sexual Orientation Change Efforts cause harm? Possibly, but….

Jul 1, 2017 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo:

Peter Ould writes: In the upcoming Church of England General Synod in York, a motion around “conversion therapy” will be debated. The motion is proposed by Jayne Ozanne, the revisionist activist, and is accompanied by a Royal College of Psychiatrists paper in her name (though it is necessary to point out the fact that Ozanne has no professional qualifications or experience in either psychiatry or statistical research) which repeats often made claims about the harm that Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) cause. Wheeled out in defence of this claim is the 2002 paper by Shidlo and Shroder (S&S), “Changing Sexual Orientation : A Consumer’s Report” which is often cited as evidence that SOCE are harmful. But does this paper actually show that, and if it does, what else does it show?

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