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Happy Birthday, Evelyn Hooker

Gregory Herek

September 2nd, 2008

Today is the 101st anniversary of Dr. Evelyn Hooker’s birth.

Dr. Hooker, the psychologist widely credited with helping to establish that homosexuality is not inherently linked to mental illness, was born September 2, 1907, in North Platte, Nebraska. She was the sixth of nine children.

In the course of her remarkable life, Dr. Hooker surmounted many of the barriers faced by women who sought an academic career in the 20th century. She is best known for her psychological studies of gay men in the 1950s and 1960s.

By demonstrating that well-adjusted homosexuals not only existed but in fact were numerous, Dr. Hooker’s research demonstrated that the illness model had no scientific basis. She helped to lay the foundation for the American Psychiatric Association’s 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from its Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and for the American Psychological Association’s subsequent commitment to removing the stigma that has historically been attached to homosexuality.

In my latest post at Beyond Homophobia, I summarize Dr. Hooker’s most famous study and offer some reflections on the lasting impact of her work.

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customartist
September 2nd, 2011 | LINK

Multiple blind evaluations found no distinguishing psychological characteristics between Heterosexual and Homosexual participants.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Hooker

Ricardo Swift
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

Although Dr.Hooker was somewhat ahead of her time, the findings of her Study were very limited in scope and failed the test of time. They were not “Good Science” and not objective. Later studies in the U.K. and The Netherlands call into question the validity of her findings.

Ricardo Swift
January 15th, 2014 | LINK

Although Dr.Hooker was somewhat ahead of her time, the findings of her Study were very limited in scope and failed the test of time. They were not “Good Science” and not objective. Later studies in the U.K. and The Netherlands call into question the validity of her findings.

http://loonybird.com/gay_evelyn_hooker.htm

Brandon
March 31st, 2014 | LINK

Mr Swift,Evelyn Hooker’s research proved gays were indistinguishable from heterosexuals on common measures of mental health. Psychiatrists were tested to see if they could identify gays based on mental health measures and were unable to do so. After years of such research the APA could no longer maintain the unsupported idea that gayness was a mental illness and they had to remove it.If you actually read the studies you mentioned it stated that gays suffer from mental problems is the consequence of living in an intolerant society

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