A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality

A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality

by Joseph Nicolosi


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Homosexuality. Is it learned, biological…or both?

The answer to this question deeply concerns parents. They want to know how they can

best raise their children. Many would have us believe that nothing can be done to foster the

development of healthy gender identity and heterosexual orientation in children. But the

clinical experience

of Dr. Nicolosi and others, along with a careful look at the professional

literature, indicates otherwise.

In this groundbreaking book, Joseph Nicolosi uncovers the most significant factors that

contribute to children's healthy sense of themselves as male or female. Listening to moving

recollections from ex-gay men and women who describe what was missing in their own

childhoods, Dr. Nicolosi provides clear insight for identifying potential developmental

roadblocks and gives practical advice to parents for helping their children securely

identify with their gender. Replete with personal stories from parents, children and ex-gay

strugglers, A Parent's Guide offers compassion and hope for all those parents who seek to

lay a foundation for a healthy heterosexual identity in their children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997637311
Publisher: Liberal Mind Publishers
Publication date: 03/10/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,387
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Joseph Nicolosi (Ph.D., psychology) is clinical director of the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic and former president and cofounder of the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).

His other books include Reparative Therapy of Male Homosexuality (Aronson, 1991), Healing Homosexuality: Case Stories of Reparative Therapy (Aronson, 1993) and A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality (InterVarsity Press, 2002).

Nicolosi is the publications director for the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). She has partnered with her husband, Joseph Nicolosi, on his writing projects over the past twenty years.

Table of Contents

Introduction: For Parents: Words to the Wise
1. Masculinity is an Achievement
2. The Prehomosexual Boy: Why Should Parents Intervene?
3. Born This Way?
4. All in the Family
5. Friends and Feelings
6. Confronting Adolescence
7. From Tomboys to Lesbians
8. The Politics of Treatment
9. The Healing Process
10. A Mother's Journal

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Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must-have for those parents who have a child who displays gender confusion. It talks about how vital a father's role is in a childs life, and how a mother raise her child to be confident in their sexuality. Yes, this viewpoint is not popular in todays society. There are always those who are quick to shout down the anyone who authors a book that goes against popular culture. But if you need help giving your child confidence in their sexual orientation then this is the book for you! My son had a homosexual birth father, so society was already labeling him homosexual. This book helped me give him confidence and pride in being a boy. His grades are up, his confidence is up, and he is no longer confused about his sexuality. Thank you Dr. Nicolosi for having the guts to go against the grain!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what your thoughts on homosexuality, this book is basically just good sound parenting advice. Children NEED both male and female role models in order to grow up emotionally secure. This book provides practical advice for doing just that.
Redpill More than 1 year ago
A lot of these reviews here are fake because these people did not read the book. I did read the book and I can tell you, it is a very informative and helpful book. I don't have anger towards gay people like the gay people who review this book, I have understanding that homosexuality is not normal and it is a BIG sign of the declining of a civilization. We have to save our children before it is too late. EDUCATE YOURSELF!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It appears that all those who rated this book one star did not read the book, while all those who did read the book had a loved one struggling with homosexual attractions and they gave the book four or five stars. I have researched homosexuality for about eight years now and this book is informative and ground breaking. Before this book unwanted homosexuality in youth or gender identity issues in youth were generally treated through a psychoanalytic relationship between the therapist and the youth. The Nicolosi's moved the main therapeutic relationship to the therapist guiding the parent to help their child. It is a revolutionary concept built upon observation and common sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An outstanding book with very helpful information for adults who wish to give a balance to gender-confused youth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a community health nurse, this book has had a profound impact on the way I care for those struggling with gender confusion. It provides answers to many of the questions I have had posed to me by parents in my area of service. The answers are all here. It is a book of hope. If only I could distribute it to every new parent in America!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I have family members and friends who struggle with homosexuality. This book was like reading a script from the lives of those I've spoken with about their experiences and situations. That convinced me that the research is valid. Based on his cases as a doctor, the author talks about the common themes in men's lives that factor into the struggle with gender identity and same-sex attraction. This book helped me see the complex nature of homosexuality and to approach with compassion those struggling with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the one book I would gladly burn! Who ever thought this up must have some serious issues. I've always been taught to accept people for who they are, and I plan on applying that to my children, not forcing them in to some pigeon hole of perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor Joseph Nicolosi. Despite years of attempting to stigmatize homosexuality as a defect, he has failed utterly. The substance of his contentions rejected by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers and every other responsible clinical body in the USA, he has to continue placing his unfounded clincal opinions above the mental health of gay and lesbian kids and their parents. Avoid this book. It's like the Christian books of the 19th century that stigmatized left-handedness. Sadly, Nicolosi has lost sight of the difference between clinical thinking and theology. Just because he wishes it were so, it ain't. So, if you want to create a depressed and suicidal teen to satisfy your religious model of the world, this is the book for you.
Anonymous 26 days ago
This book helped me restore my daughter to healthy femininity from being sucked into a lifestyle that she was being influenced into by a girl in her school. Dr Nicolosi is so compassionate and strong on this issue. People try to censor his message but every parent needs to read this to hear this side of homosexuality and its roots. Once my husband read this and understood that he needed to invest in his daughter's life, all the acting out as male left her. So much of lesbianism is from males abusing girls or women and them acting out. This is the truth the liberal media try to censor. Get this book.
Dr_Doctor More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written, based on the latest research on the cause of homosexual attraction, something that would otherwise, from a evolutionary point-of-view, run itself out of existence. This book deals with difficult issues. Even homosex icons like O'Donnell say they don't want their children to be 'gay.' Unfortunately, the other critics of the book are speaking from the point-of-view that they don't like anything percieved as anti-gay, never acknowledging that if they believe in 'choice, a parent can choose to avoid their child being 'gay.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful and should be required reading for any parent, especially parents of boys. It has changed my life and has helped me see what I can do to help my two boys, who struggle in this manner, become comfortable with who they are--BOYS. As I have followed the recommendations in the book, immense improvement has been seen in my boys, especially the younger one, they are happier, and they know they can beat their problems. This book is filled with hope. In reading some of the other reviews of this book, it is clear that many in the gay community (and even many of their parents) hope and pray that the homosexual problem is genetically caused and that they have no choice in the matter. Well of course they do, that relieves them of the responsibilities of their actions and makes them them feel so much better. As more and more people who struggle with homosexuality win their battle with the problem and therapists become better and better at treating it, the gay community will become more and more shrill in their objections. Well the truth will quietly and effectively move on. A Grateful Parent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a very valuable resource. All parents should be given a copy of this book in the hospital after labor and delivery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been invaluable for my wife and I. We have always embraced our son's artistic, sensitive nature. Recently he told me that he is upset because he has been ridiculed by some of the boys in his class because he is not athletic and does not participate in the rough-and-tumble games his male peers do . He feels different and not "normal".This book helped us identify our unique roles as his father and mother, thus we were able to begin helping him traverse this new rite of passage he has begun towards his preteen and teen years.
Jasper-Apollo More than 1 year ago
Being gay or trans can not be prevented. Actions can be repressed, leading to self hate, shame, and suicide. If that's how you want to love your children, don't have kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awful, honestly. I thought we were past pseudoscience. Apparently not.
LN11 More than 1 year ago
I feel sorry for all of the ridiculous people who are claiming this book saved their family. Did it really save your family, or did it just save the precious perception you want everyone to have of your family? Was this book good for you or your child? Just wait 10 years and see if you really changed your child's orientation or just made them deeply ashamed and closeted. I'm even more disturbed by doctors and nurses claiming this is a must-read. There is far too much research out there supporting that homosexuality is NOT a choice, just as heterosexuality isn't a choice. If it were, why on earth would anyone CHOOSE to be discriminated against by small-minded people? Get over your fears. At the very least, do it for your children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if my kid told me that he or she was gay/lesbian/bi. i wouldnt shut them out from my life i would tell them that i love them no matter what . this book is saying that it is not ok to be the way you are . you can not change it. when people try to change there kid it only lets the kid know that the parents dont truely love them the way they are . that only leads to the kids resenting thier parents . you should be proud of them that they can come out to all the problems they will face in there life. they gay commumnity has come a long way from what it used to be but buy doing the things that are wrote in this book you are not advancing our society. im am very mad that people would actually write this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, I know I'm just a 13 year old girl, and this book really shouldn't even matter to me, but it does Homophobes DISGUST me! I seriously don't understand whats so 'horrible' about someone who is homosexual. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. They are normal people, just like you and me, and they can do everything we can do. My best friend is lesbian, and people are really hard on her. It sucks because she is an AMAZING person, and everybody just judges her by the fact that she likes girls. When I have children, I would be supportive of them, if they decided they liked guys or girls, or even both There is nothing wrong with homosexuality. People who write stuff like this just disgust me...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is books and the people who write them like this that set the gay rights movement back years upon years. Why in the world would anyone want to stop their kid from being who they are? If your kid is gay, you should be proud, not try to prevent it. Growing up gay and facing all the trials and tribulations that a gay has to face in their life is truly a blessing. it really gives a person a wholesome perspective on what kind of situations life presses you with. As a gay teenager, i am outraged. Nothing hurts a childs feelings more than knowing that your parents are trying to change who you are, and that they dont love you the way you are, the way god meant for you to be. Remember, god must be just as gay, and just as straight as everyone else, because he created every homosexual and every heterosexual in his image, and i dont think god would have meant me to be any other way than he made me.