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February 28, 1966

Modified Group Therapy May Aid Prognosis for Homosexuals

JAMA. 1966;195(9):28. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100090018006

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A Philadelphia psychiatrist suggests that homosexuals may be treated more successfully in groups than individually—particularly if the group consists of only those patients whose primary symptom of neurosis is homosexuality.

"Based on our experience with different types of therapy, I would estimate that one third of such patients treated long enough in homogenous groups can develop normal heterosexual relationships," Samuel B. Hadden, MD, University of Pennsylvania, told The Journal.

He has studied a total of 70 male patients. Of 32 who continued therapy for a significant period of time —at least 20 sessions—12 achieved reversal of their sexual patterns. Evaluation was based in part on the investigator's observation of maturity of the patient in the weekly sessions as well as reports from family and others and on the patient's own statements.

A Factor in Rejection  Oftentimes, if homosexuals are introduced into mixed groups of neurotics, they sense group rejection and

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