Journal of Counseling Psychology:Â Sexual Orientation Change Efforts among Current or Former LDS Church Members
- Close to 70% of LGBT Mormons attempt to change their sexual orientation. Â Even though we usually think of psychotherapy as the main way of attempting change, the two most common and damaging methodsÂ of attempting change are: 1) personal righteousness (e.g., prayer, scripture reading, fasting, temple attending, service) and 2) speaking with a bishop/church leader.
- SSA does not go away, rarely changes, and most attempts at change (especially religious ones) are reported to be harmful and/or not helpful. Â ThisÂ means that for many LGBT Mormons, encouragement to pray, read the scriptures, stay close to the church, and draw closer to Christ is actually toxic advice.
Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health:Â Psychosocial Correlates of Religious Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction: A Mormon Perspective
- LDS Church Activity/Status
- >70% of LGBT Mormons leave the LDS church.
- Excommunication or resigning one’s membership is associated with the highest quality of life/self esteem and lowest depression/identity distress for LGBT Mormons.
- In general, LDS church activity is associated with the lowest quality of life/self esteem and highest depression/sexual identity distress of all study participants (re: church status).
- Relationship Status
- Mixed-Orientation Marriage: Up to 70% of mixed-orientation marriages end in divorce. Â Those that survive report to be bisexual, and also report very low quality of life ratings (lower than people who report having lupus).
- Celibacy: Celibacy is reported to have even worse quality of life ratings than mixed-orientation marriage.
- Same-sex Marriage: Same-sex marriages report the highest quality of life and self esteem, and the lowest rates of depression, sexual identity distress.