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LGBTQ+ Studies: A Resource Guide

Psychology & Conversion Therapy

This page provides search strategies and a selection of recommended resources related to conversion therapy and LGBTQ+ psychology.

The American Psychological Association (APA) along with other 12 organizations have created a document that explains their position on sexual orientation, youth, and therapy: "Just the Facts about Sexual Orientation and Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel." [PDF] External

The Williams Institute at UCLA External defines conversion therapy as, "...treatment grounded in the belief that being LGBT is abnormal. It is intended to change the sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of LGBT people. Conversion therapy is practiced by some licensed professionals in the context of providing health care and by some clergy or other spiritual advisors in the context of religious practice" (2018).

Browse the Library of Congress Online Catalog using subject headings to find materials on conversion therapy and psychology in the LGBTQ+ community:

The following collection titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content, including finding aids for the collections, are included when available.

Searching the medical and psychological literature can be useful in determining how current theories and practices related to sexuality have evolved.

Sample Articles:

Regardie, F.I. Analysis of a homosexual. Psychiatric Quarterly, 23, 548–566 (1949).

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

The resources here include selected print materials related to psychology and conversion therapy. The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.