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Hooker's findings have since been replicated by many other investigators using a variety of research methods. Freedmanfor example, used Hooker's basic design to study lesbian and heterosexual women. Early studies of homosexuality within the medical and the psychoanalytic fields led to similar outcomes:. Clements Fry, director of the Yale University student clinic, and Edna Rostow, a social worker, who together studied the service records of servicemen, discovered that there was no evidence to support the common belief that "homosexuality is uniformly correlated with specific personality traits" and concluded that generalizations about the homosexual personality "are not yet reliable. Its Development in Men and Women. The American Psychiatric Association APA labeled discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation as irrational in He founded the Scientific Humanitarian Committee in Berlin inwhich lobbied for the decriminalization of homosexual acts.

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The two groups were matched for age, IQ, and education.

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With the support of AGLP members, the APA has issued Position Statements supporting same sex unions and the adoption and co-parenting of children by same sex couples, as well as a position statement opposing "Reparative Therapy" as unethical. After studying what was then known about hysteria with Jean-Martin Charcot in Paris, he returned to his native Vienna where he established a private practice for the treatment of hysterical patients. Furthermore, he suggested there were psychological and behavioral traits such as effeminacy and cross-dressingthat betrayed a subset of exclusive sodomites who he believed suffered from a form of insanity. As such, he argued, it should come under psychiatric care rather then legal prosecution. Unaware of each subject's sexual orientation, two independent Rorschach experts evaluated the men's overall adjustment using a 5-point scale.

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However, empirical evidence and professional norms do not support the idea that homosexuality is a form of mental illness or is inherently linked to psychopathology. Those on the APA Advisory Committee working on the revision who wanted to retain the EDH category argued that they believed the diagnosis was clinically useful and that it was necessary for research and statistical purposes. The study found that experienced psychologists, unaware of whose test results they were interpreting, could not distinguish between the two groups. To avoid such bias, scientists take great pains in their studies to ensure that the researchers who actually collect the data do not have expectations about how a particular research participant will respond. It would then be assumed that the patterns reported by the homosexuals indicated pathology, even though there were no differences in psychological functioning between the two groups.

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