Parents who try to change their child’s sexual orientation increase suicide risk dramatically

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A new study on the practice of attempting to a forcefully change the sexual orientation of queer kids and young adults, known as “ex-gay conversion therapy,” has proven it to be highly dangerous to the youth it is being pushed upon. The study, published by the Journal of Homosexuality, showed that when a parent attempted to change their queer child’s orientation, they double the chance of attempted suicide compared to those who did not undergo the practice.

What’s more, suicide attempts triple if the therapy goes beyond just the parents and therapists or religious leaders are brought in. The same is seen when it comes to depression, with it being more than twice as likely to manifest in those whose parents attempt to convert their child, and more than tripled if the parents include an outsider in the process. These can also have effect on the socioeconomic status of young adults subjected to the treatment, as well as impacts on their self-esteem, availability of social support, and education.

“Although parents and religious leaders who try to change a child’s LGBT identity may be motivated by attempts to ‘protect’ their children, these rejecting behaviors instead undermine an LGBT child’s sense of self-worth, contribute to self-destructive behaviors that significantly increase risk and inhibit self-care which includes constricting their ability to make a living,” said lead author, Dr. Caitlin Ryan.

The study, titled “Parent-Initiated Sexual Orientation Change Efforts with LGBT Adolescents: Implications for Young Adult Mental Health and Adjustment,” shows that more than half of queer Caucasian and Latinx young adults have faced such efforts, with more than half of those having to deal with it from parents as well as therapists and religious leaders.

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  1. It starts with genital mutilation, continues with physical abuse (“corporal punishment”) and, in cases like these, sexuality brainwashing. Combine it with kids having little freedom and treated like they’re younger than they are… except when a crime has been committed, in which case even a young kid can be tried and sentenced, to imprisonment even, and the picture you get of America is that of a society which hates children. No western country abuses kids the way America does.

    1. Take my advice -don’t emigrate to America. Stay where you are. Thanking you in advance.

  2. QUOTE: “What’s more, suicide attempts triple if the therapy goes beyond just the parents and therapists or religious leaders are brought in. The same is seen when it comes to depression, with it being more than twice as likely to manifest in those whose parents attempt to convert their child, and more than tripled if -the parents include an outsider in the process.”
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    Makes perfect sense. A dysfunctional family is one thing, but when ‘authority figures’ in the form of psychobullshit experts and clerics get involved, telling the kid he’s sick when he feels fine, wrong when he hurts no one, and at risk when the only ones threatening him are the ones called in to help, and the only symptoms he’s ever experienced are normal feelings of love and lust, it’s only natural for the beleaguered child to conclude he’s a freak of nature and ought to self-destruct, or at least feel very, very bad about himself.

    I have a hard time believing that parents who commit their child to this ‘therapy’ are doing it out of love – they lost that as soon as they ‘knew’ their kid was gay – what they really care about is their own reputations amongst their peers who have hetero kids. Yeah, they do this for themselves. Sad, ain’t it!

    I’m fine with an adult queer, who, for whatever reason, voluntarily submits himself to “reparative therapy” – adults should be better equipped to handle the pressures involved.

    We don’t yet know with metaphysical certainty how or why homosexuality manifests itself. Is it simply the luck of the natural draw – that in any large population of animals there’s going to be a few that are different – like black swans, ugly ducklings, a genius IQ, or left-handedness? Some kind of birth defect, or blessing? Or is it nurture – something in how we were raised? Is it actually an addiction that locked in with playing doctor or our first forays into sexual play. Might it be an obsessive-compulsive disorder? Habit? Convenience? Some kind of sexual laziness? Is everybody truly between the sexual absolutes of 100% straight or gay, with everybody having various degrees of both? The only we know for sure is we don’t know.

    I tend towards the suspicion that it might be a product of both nature and nurture – from nature we get our unnatural curiosity, from nurture we discover it feels good, we like it, we want more, and it simply works for us. Besides, we all knew from age 7 or 8 that girls had cooties, and whatever they are, we didn’t want them. Despite our preference, orientation, choice or whatever, most of us will also experience the physical pleasures and emotional dramas offered by the opposite sex. There are no absolutes? Moderation in all things? Try everything once? Heck, you tell me.

    1. Why don’t you talk to those other Christians, who are subjecting their kids to conversion therapy, and convince them homosexuality is actually ok? Start with George Rekers…

  3. What has happened to the last 9 days of topics? They have disappeared without a trace.

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