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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently published a report stating that conversion therapy, which attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation, is ineffective, harmful, and inappropriate for children and adolescents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) (http://1.usa.gov/1MItoUV). The report includes a review of clinical consensus and evidence-based research regarding conversion therapy, as well as statements from an American Psychological Association expert panel convened in July 2015.
Jacob JA. Conversion Therapy Ineffective and Inappropriate for LGBTQ Youth. JAMA. 2015;314(20):2121. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.15803