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Concept: Latter Day Saint movement


This study examined sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) by 1,612 individuals who are current or former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Data were obtained through a comprehensive online survey from both quantitative items and open-ended written responses. A minimum of 73% of men and 43% of women in this sample attempted sexual orientation change, usually through multiple methods and across many years (on average). Developmental factors associated with attempts at sexual orientation change included higher levels of early religious orthodoxy (for all) and less supportive families and communities (for men only). Among women, those who identified as lesbian and who reported higher Kinsey attraction scores were more likely to have sought change. Of the 9 different methods surveyed, private and religious change methods (compared with therapist-led or group-based efforts) were the most common, started earlier, exercised for longer periods, and reported to be the most damaging and least effective. When sexual orientation change was identified as a goal, reported effectiveness was lower for almost all of the methods. While some beneficial SOCE outcomes (such as acceptance of same-sex attractions and reduction in depression and anxiety) were reported, the overall results support the conclusion that sexual orientation is highly resistant to explicit attempts at change and that SOCE are overwhelmingly reported to be either ineffective or damaging by participants. (PsycINFO Database Record © 2014 APA, all rights reserved).

Concepts: Sexual orientation, All rights reserved, Jesus, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Latter Day Saint movement, Sexual orientation change efforts, Latter Day Saint, National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality


Abstract A nation-wide sample of 634 previous or current members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), non-heterosexual adults (ages 18-33), were surveyed to examine how specific aspects of minority stress are individually and collectively associated with depression, and how such associations differ across sex, sexual orientation, and level of affiliation with the LDS Church. When five stressors were examined simultaneously, need for others' acceptance (NA) was the strongest predictor of depression followed by internalized homophobia (IH). All minority stress factors were found to be individually predictive of depression, and did not differ across sex or sexual orientation subgroups. Differences were observed, however, when considering current LDS status, such that participants who were no longer affiliated with the LDS church reported stronger relationships between some minority stressors and depression. Implications of religious identity salience as a potential mediator of relationships between specific stressors and depression are discussed.

Concepts: Christianity, Jesus, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, New Testament, Trinity, Latter Day Saint movement, Succession crisis, Joseph Smith, Jr.


Summary Utah has the highest total fertility of any state in the United States and also the highest proportion of population affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS or Mormon Church). Data were used from the 1996 Utah Health Status Survey to investigate how annual household income, education and affiliation with the LDS Church affect fertility (children ever born) for married women in Utah. Younger age and higher education were negatively correlated with fertility in the sample as a whole and among non-LDS respondents. Income was negatively associated with fertility among non-LDS respondents. However, income was positively correlated with fertility among LDS respondents. This association persisted when instrumental variables were used to address the potential simultaneous equations bias arising from the potential endogeneity of income and fertility. The LDS religion’s pronatalist stance probably encourages childbearing among those with higher income.

Concepts: Christianity, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, New Testament, Prophet, Trinity, Latter Day Saint movement, Succession crisis, Joseph Smith, Jr.