Understanding homosexuality: A symposium


Journal Article

A psychiatrist, an ethicist, and a pastoral counselor comment on the ways in which they conceive of homosexuality in their work, reflection, and efforts at counseling. Although each writes in isolation from the others, a surprising degree of consensus emerges. All three cite the problem of unclear terms and the peril of labeling. Each distinguishes between homosexuality as a state of being and homosexual acts or behavior. Mansell Pattison, the psychiatrist, comments on prejudice, norms, sickness, and deviancy and their relevance for understanding homosexuality, before suggesting a model himself. Stanley Hauerwas, the ethicist, seeks a context that will allow us to think seriously about homosexuality from an ethical point of view. John Patton, the pastoral counselor, argues that the major contribution of a counselor is to avoid labeling and preconceived notions about homosexuality and to relate to the counselee in such a way as to help him clarify what he seeks. © 1976 Human Sciences Press.

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Cited Authors

  • Pattison, EM; Hauerwas, S; Patton, J

Published Date

  • March 1, 1976

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 231 - 244

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6679

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-2789

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF02211714

Citation Source

  • Scopus