A Third Researcher Condemns Dobson

Jim Burroway

December 19th, 2006

A third researcher has come forward to speak out against Focus on the Family’s James Dobson and his misuse of research. In his online newsletter “How Boys Learn To Be Men“, Dobson claims that Angelina Phillips’ book, The Trouble with Boys blames homosexuality on absent fathers:

Whereas girls have a readily available model after which to pattern feminine behavior and attitudes (except when they are raised by single fathers), boys living with single mothers are left to formulate their masculine identity out of thin air. This is why early divorce is also devastating for boys. Writer Angela Phillips believes, and I agree, that the high incidence of homosexuality occurring in Western nations is related, at least in part, to the absence of positive male influence when boys are moving through the first crisis of child development.

But Professor Phillips does not agree with Dr. Dobson:

I certainly agree that boys suffer from a lack of positive men in their lives but I am at pains to point out that positive men are often as much lacking in two parent households as they are in lone mother (or two mother) households. I do not suggest that lack of positive male role models leads to homosexuality (or indeed that it would be problematic if it did). My concern is that boys without positive men around them are more likely to be violent, angry and lacking in self control. I have never heard that these are characteristics that are associated with homosexuality

Professor Phillips demands that Focus on the Family publish her letter on their website. We’ll see if that happens.

The scientific community has been silent for too long as their honest and hard work has been twisted for political goals. It’s very heartening to see that silence finally come to an end.

See also:

Dr. Kyle Pruett Speaks Out Against Dr. James Dobson — On Video
A Third Researcher Condemns Dobson
Dr. Gilligan Speaks Out Against Dr. James Dobson — On Video
Dobson Doesn’t Know When To Quit
James Dobson Misrepresents Research In Time Magazine

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