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Pyrex Journal of Psychology and Counseling (PJPC)

April 2016 Vol. 2(3), pp. 11-15

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Non Inclusion of Homosexuality in the 1980 Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder Iii - Perception of Indiana State Resident Psychologists in the United States of America


Aladegbola Adebusayo Gabriel

916, Hardin Blvd., Cloverleafs APT ' C' IN 46241, Indiananapolis, Indiana State, USA..

Corresponding Author E-mail: ade.aladegbola@yahoo.com

Accepted 30th March, 2016



Abstract


This study is concerned with finding out the perception of the Indiana State Resident Psychologists towards the non inclusion of homosexuality in the1980 Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM III). Indiana is a State located in the Northern region of the United States of America with minimum of 300 registered members of the American Psychological Association (APA). 120 psychologists were selected as the sample size for this study using Simple Random Sampling Technique. A self designed instrument titled 'Homosexuality and DSM III' was used in gathering data for the study. The face and content validities of the instrument were ascertained by giving it to a test expert for re visiting in Purdue University, Indianapolis. Few of the items were reconstructed. The Reliability of the instrument was ensured at r = 0.86 co efficiency using test and retest technique. Two research questions were raised and answered in the study. The two hypotheses raised and tested in the study were accepted in their null form. Descriptive and inferential statistics were adopted in analyzing the data collected. Findings from the study revealed that the Psychologists had a positive perception towards the omission of homosexuality on the list of sexual disorder as presented in DSM III. The study revealed the clinical and physiological equivalence of homosexuality and heterosexuality. Also, the test of Hypotheses revealed that demographic factors like gender and years of working experience did not cause any significant difference among the respondents in their perceptions towards the non inclusion of homosexuality in the DSM III. Recommendations were made based on the findings.

Keywords: Diagnostic Statistical Manual III, homosexuality.

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