Change of the model of homosexuality in psychodynamic approach (review of foreign literature references)



At present homosexuality is not regarded as a mental disorder in contrast to a long period in the past when it was treated as a disease. The majority of psychodynamic approach representatives adhered to the estimation of nontraditional sexual orientation as a psychopathic state. Homosexuality was often viewed as a symptom of a major psychic impairment like confused self-identity, but with time the authors came to a conclusion that homosexuality is an alternative, yet possible type of psychosexual self-identity. The article discloses the evolution of a homosexual model in psychodynamic approach and describes the current view on the issue. It also specifies the questions brought up by the modern researchers of homosexuality.

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Keywords: mental disorder, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic approach, sexual orientation, homosexuality

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: review article

For citation: Strokova S.S. Change of the model of homosexuality in psychodynamic approach (review of foreign literature references) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2013. Vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 81–92. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Svetlana S. Strokova, PhD in Psychology, Psychologist, Psychological center “Schastlivyi chelovek”, Lecturer, Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Ramenskoe, Russia, e-mail:



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