Correcting a False Research Narrative: A Commentary on Sullins (2022)

January 2023

This article responds to critiques made by D. Paul Sullins of our 2020 study showing lifetime sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) are associated with lifetime suicidality among sexual minority people. It appeared in Archives of Sexual Behavior in January 2023.

  • John Blosnich
    Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
  • Robert W.S. Coulter
    Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Emmett R. Henderson
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California
  • Jeremy Thomas Goldbach
    Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ilan H. Meyer
    Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy
Sullins mistook the time of last exposure to SOCE to be the time of exposure to SOCE as a whole.
Sullins appears to subtract age of suicide attempt from age of last SOCE exposure, completely ignoring the frequency and duration of SOCE.
Sullins made temporal categorizations by presuming information that does not exist in the Generations dataset.

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Correcting a False Research Narrative: A Commentary on Sullins (2022)