January 1967

On Treating Male Homosexuals

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(1):60-63. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730190062008

NEW VIGOR has been imparted to the course of reconstructive therapy for homosexual patients consequent to the recognition that inversion may be attributed to sexually destructive attitudes and disciplines extant in the family unit, rather than to a disability stemming from some vaguely outlined constitutional source, biochemical defect, misimprinting, or other imaginative but unsupported hypotheses. Few psychoanalysts today are committed to the idea that the best a homosexual can achieve is an "adjustment" to his fate. Progress reports of psychotherapeutic results in recent years by I. Bieber, et a1, Mayerson and Lief,2 Soccarides,3 and others, justify optimism that sexual redirection through psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically oriented therapy is possible for many patients who might otherwise remain homosexual.

Some homosexuals who enter treatment say they wish to become heterosexual; others say they are convinced they cannot achieve it; still others declare they

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