The Non-Entity of "Homosexuality"

Donna R. Sanderson


A review of the most recent research on "homosexuality" and the prevailing trends in behavior therapy for "homosexuals," indicates a crucial need for behavior therapists to reevaluate the clinical entity of "homosexuality" and the consequential treatment goals of such therapy. Most of the literature on behavior therapy for "homosexuals" reveals that homosexual behavior is classified as deviant sexual behavior. "Sexual deviation can be viewed as a problem in stimulus control because sexual arousal occurs in the presence of an inappropriate stimulus." This viewpoint, given by Barlow and Agras (1973), seems fairly representative of how a majority of behavior therapists view "homosexuality." This "behavioral" definition raises several questions: Is homosexual behavior really deviant sexual behavior? Is same-sex stimuli inappropriate? And, is the problem a problem of stimulus control?

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