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Indian J Psychiatry. 1982 Jan;24(1):80-3.

Homosexuality : treatment by behaviour modification.

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  • 1Honorary Associate, Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, Bombay-400 012.


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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