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In the two articles discussing homosexuality Irving Bieber and Mark Freedman argued their points of homosexuality being abnormal or normal Bieber argued that homosexuality was abnormal because of the psychological effects it has had and will have on the person Bieber reported that over the years he and his colleagues had never found any supporting evidence that homosexuality was normal The family life that homosexuals had been through was not a normal family life In most cases the mother was overprotective and the father was either not around or did not have a major positive role on the child He stated that in most cases the mother was indeed overly close inappropriately intimate with her son intrusive overprotective and demasculinizing but the most striking of his findings was the consistency of a seriously disturbed father-son relationship 248 None of his findings resulted in an affectionate or constructive father being present in the sons life Most of the fathers were reported detached andor openly hostile or never there 248 In a study conducted in 1962 he found that male homosexuality would not evolve in a loving constructively related father despite a neurotic mother-son relationship 249 Since 1962 he has seen 850 homosexual patients from various ethnic and socioeconomic groups He has also seen about 50 of their parents In all of these cases not a single family had a good father-son relationship Bieber finds plenty wrong with a close-binding possessive over-intimate mother 249 He also finds that many writers who think that homosexuality is a normal behavior leave out the fact that fathers and developmental history are important Also in 1962 was a study conducted between 106 male homosexual and 100 male heterosexual people They were tested on 500 items that tapped parent-child relationships inter-parental relationships sibling and peer relationships sexual development adult sexual functioning and treatment results The study found that many of the patients had hostile relationships with siblings particularly brothers Relationships with sisters
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