Online Directory for Sexual Orientation Change Research

ResearchHi folks, I want to provide an online directory of good research into sexual orientation change. I know of a few good studies but I’d be grateful if you knew about any more that you could let me know (in the comments below or send me a message). Ideally I would like links to open access copies so anyone can come and read them. Submissions should be from both sides of the argument, but addressing the key issue as to whether sexual orientation changes over a period of time. These are the good studies I’m aware of so far.

Intentional Change

Spitzer, M.D. (2003). “Can Some Gay Men and Lesbians Change Their Sexual Orientation? 200 Participants Reporting a Change from Homosexual to Heterosexual Orientation“. Archives of Sexual Behavior, Vol. 32, No. 5, October 2003, pp. 403–417
(For those who would criticise Spitzer’s paper, read this, this and this)

Stanton L. Jones & Mark A. Yarhouse. (2011). “A longitudinal study of attempted religiously-mediated sexual orientation change.”Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, Volume 37, pages 404-427

Unintentional Change

Dickson N, Paul C, Herbison P. (2003). “Same-sex attraction in a birth cohort: prevalence and persistence in early adulthood.” Social Science and Medicine, 2003 Apr;56(8):1607-15

Kinnish,K.K., Strassberg,D.S.,&Turner,C.W. (2005).”Sex differences in the flexibility of sexual orientation: A multidimensional retrospective assessment“. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 34, 173–183
See summary of Kinnish et al here.

Savin-Williams, R. C., & Ream, G. (2007). “Prevalence and stability of sexual orientation components during adolescence and young adulthood.Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 385–394
See summary of Savin-Williams and Ream here.

Diamond, Lisa M. (2008). “Female Bisexuality From Adolescence to Adulthood: Results From a 10-Year Longitudinal Study“, Developmental Psychology, 2008, Vol. 44, No. 1, 5–14

Steven E. Mock • Richard P. Eibach. (2011). “Stability and Change in Sexual Orientation Identity Over a 10-Year Period in Adulthood“. Archive of Sexual Behavior

Diamond, Lisa M. (2012). “The Desire Disorder in Research on Sexual Orientation in Women: Contributions of Dynamical Systems Theory.” Archive of Sexual Behavior, (2012) 41:73–83

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