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It should be noted that since the publication of Hooker's study, other papers have exposed methodological errors in Hooker's study. Other mental disorders could be mentioned here as well. Sometimes to their amazement, [researchers] described what they called the "well-adjusted homosexuals" who, in [William] Menninger's words, "concealed their homosexuality effectively and, at the same time, made creditable records for themselves in the service. Individuals with delusional disorder have false beliefs that are based on incorrect inference about external reality that is firmly held despite what almost everyone else believes and despite what constitutes incontrovertible and obvious proof or evidence of the contrary. For example, one proper function of plasma is to transport blood cells and nutrients to other parts of the body.

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Unfortunately, because of the way they were originally designed, most of these studies do not yield information about whether and to what extent such risks might be greater for various subgroups within the sexual minority population e.

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In human beings, homosexuality has been demonstrated to be more common than previously assumed; 2. American Journal of Psychiatry In future research, it will be important to compare different sexual minority groups in order to understand how so many individuals withstand the stresses imposed by sexual prejudice, and to identify effective strategies for treating those with psychological problems. Gonsiorek concluded that "Homosexuality in and of itself is unrelated to psychological disturbance or maladjustment. American Psychiatric Association

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The Battle Over Gay Teens. Modern attitudes toward homosexuality have religious, legal, and medical underpinnings. Consider, for example, the case of a successful stockbroker who is addicted to cocaine at a level that is threatening his physical health but who has no distress and whose role performance has not suffered. New York Times, February 7,p. Evans, using the same test, found that homosexuals appeared to have more problems with self-acceptance than heterosexual males, but that only a small minority of homosexuals could be considered maladjusted. Basically, looking at adjustment measurements is both arbitrary and irrelevant to all psychosexual disorders. The sexual images or thoughts about a year-old in the mind of the year-old pedophile or the images or thoughts of a sexual sadist fantasizing about causing psychological or physical suffering in his neighbor are not disordered unless they cause distress, impairment in social functioning, or harm of another person.

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