Indian J Psychiatry. 1982 Jan-Mar; 24(1): 80–83.
HOMOSEXUALITY : TREATMENT BY BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION
1Honorary Associate, Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, Bombay-400 012.
2Senior Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, Bombay-400 012.
3Emeritus Professor and Head, W.H.O. Collaborating Centre in Psychopharmacology in India, Department of Psychiatry, K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, Bombay-400 012.
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We present here the treatment of thirteen homosexuals by behaviour modification techniques. With classical electrical aversion and positive conditioning 8(61%) out of thirteen patients showed a change in orientation lasting on a six-month 1 year follow up. A marriageable age and indirect social pressures were positively correlated with improvement whereas the presence of a steady homosexual partner and habitual passive anal intercourse indicated a poor response. The techniques, the assessments, the onset and course of improvement and complications arc discussed. Our results and techniques are compared with those of other workers.
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