Conversion therapy

Can conversion therapy (CT) change a person's sexual orientation without creating harm? The directors of "What We Know," a public policy portal based at Cornell University, have compiled 47 scholarly studies exploring this question.

Based on their survey of the 47 scholarly studies, the directors of the "What We Know" project conclude: "[T]here is no credible evidence that sexual orientation can be changed through therapeutic intervention . . . There is also powerful evidence that trying to change a person's sexual orientation can be extremely harmful" (What We Know Project, 2016).

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Learn about the research behind these conclusions. You can access the 47 studies here, along with a summary of their findings.

What does the scholarly research say about conversion therapy?


What We Know Project, Cornell University, “What Does the Scholarly Research Say about Whether Conversion Therapy Can Alter Sexual Orientation Without Causing Harm?” (online literature review), 2016.

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