Title

Psychosocial Correlates of Religious Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction: A Mormon Perspective

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health

Volume

18

Issue

3

Publication Date

7-14-2014

First Page

284

Last Page

311

DOI

10.1080/19359705.2014.912970

Abstract

This study examined the psychosocial correlates of following various church-based approaches for dealing with same-sex attraction, based on a large sample (1,612) of same-sex attracted current and former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, or Mormon). Overall, this study found that biologically based views about the etiology of same-sex attraction (vs. psychosocial views), LDS church disaffiliation (vs. activity), sexual activity (vs. celibacy), and legal same-sex marriage (vs. remaining single or mixed-orientation marriage) were all associated with significantly higher levels of self-esteem and quality of life, and lower levels of internalized homophobia, sexual identity distress, and depression. The divorce rate for mixed-orientation marriages was 51% at the time of survey completion, with projections suggesting an eventual divorce rate of 69%.