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August 1958

Homosexuality in College: A Preliminary Report of Data Obtained from One Hundred Thirty-Three Students Seen in a University Student Health Service and a Review of Pertinent Literature

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles; San Francisco

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1958;80(2):253-263. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1958.02340080123027

This report, a preliminary one, of a portion of a continuing research project on homosexuality as seen in the psychiatric section of a university student health service presents data in two areas where perusal of the literature on homosexuality reveals they are either lacking or minimal: (1) some characteristics of homosexuals in a college population and (2) treatment results. Most survey-type studies have dealt with prison and mental hospital inmate population; to our knowledge only one study has dealt specifically with a university student homosexual population, and another indirectly. Previously, little, if any, effort to assess the efficacy of therapy with a group of homosexuals as compared with that in a nonhomosexual psychiatric control group has been made.

The Student Health Service at the University of California at Los Angeles provides outpatient psychiatric facilities to all students who are regularly enrolled. The records of the psychiatric division are separately kept,