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Indian J Psychiatry. 1982 Jan-Mar; 24(1): 80–83.
PMCID: PMC3012889
HOMOSEXUALITY : TREATMENT BY BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION
P.V. Pradhan, M.D., D.P.M.,1 K.S. Ayyar, M.D.,2 and V.N. Bagadia, M.D., D.P.M. (Eng.), F.A.P.A., F.R.C. Psych.3
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.
Abstract
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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