The Impact of Reparative Therapy on Gay Identity Development

dc.contributor.advisorRobertson, Derek L.
dc.contributor.authorSchlosz, David James
dc.contributor.committeeMemberHerlihy, Barbara
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRomero, Devon
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLeeth, Christopher
dc.creator.orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5476-2308
dc.date.accessioned2024-02-12T20:02:08Z
dc.date.available2024-02-12T20:02:08Z
dc.date.issued2020
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dc.description.abstractThis study examined the experiences and long-term impact of reparative therapy on the identity development of gay men. Constructivist theory and queer theory provided a framework to conceptualize the phenomena of reparative therapy and gay identity development. The study was qualitative in nature and used a bricolage approach to phenomenological research by employing a heuristic research design with interpretive phenomenological analysis. Data from ten co-researchers were analyzed and used to provide summarized depictions of each of the ten co-researchers. Seven core themes were identified: (a) anger as a response to deceptive claims and mistreatment; (b) grief and loss of time, opportunity, and youth; (c) increased sense of shame; (d) escalation of high-risk sexual behavior; (e) deterioration of mental health; (f) abusive and iatrogenic counseling methods; and (g) impairment of self-concept due to iatrogenic counseling practices. Limitations of the study include a lack of racial and ethnic diversity amongst the co-researchers and the self-report nature of the study. Unique findings of the study include anger as a response to deceptive claims and mistreatment; grief and loss of time, opportunity, and youth; an escalation of high-risk sexual behavior; and the level of impairment to self-concept due to iatrogenic counseling practices. The findings of this have significant implications for gay identity development models, the counseling profession, and advocacy efforts.
dc.description.departmentCounseling
dc.format.extent156 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.isbn9798645477745
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12588/5293
dc.languageen
dc.subjectconversion therapy
dc.subjectgay identity development
dc.subjectharmfulness
dc.subjectreparative therapy
dc.subject.classificationLGBTQ studies
dc.subject.classificationIndividual & family studies
dc.subject.classificationGender studies
dc.titleThe Impact of Reparative Therapy on Gay Identity Development
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.dcmiText
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thesis.degree.departmentCounseling
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy

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