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Nursing and medical students' attitude, knowledge and beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children.
J Clin Nurs. 2012 Apr; 21(7-8):938-45.JC

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Little research has been conducted to investigate students' attitudes, knowledge and beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children.

DESIGN

Descriptive, comparative study. Validated scales were used to assess students' attitudes, knowledge and beliefs and gay affirmative practice. Three open ended questions assessed beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents accessing health care for their children.

METHOD

Nursing and medical students completed questionnaires about attitudes to homosexuality. Associations between variables were assessed using chi-square tests of independence, and differences between nursing and medical student groups were assessed using the Mann-Whitney U-test or the Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance test. Responses to the open ended questions were evaluated, coded and described.

RESULTS

Knowledge and attitudes about homosexuality were significantly associated with students' race, political voting behaviour, religious beliefs and having a friend who is openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

CONCLUSIONS

It is important to develop strategies to address the existence of prejudicial attitudes among student health professionals and prevent discriminatory practices towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents when seeking health care for their children.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

Educators can develop programs that provide students with knowledge and skills to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families receive effective health care when they access services for their children.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia. r.chapman@curtin.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22008095

Citation

Chapman, Rose, et al. "Nursing and Medical Students' Attitude, Knowledge and Beliefs Regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents Seeking Health Care for Their Children." Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 21, no. 7-8, 2012, pp. 938-45.
Chapman R, Watkins R, Zappia T, et al. Nursing and medical students' attitude, knowledge and beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children. J Clin Nurs. 2012;21(7-8):938-45.
Chapman, R., Watkins, R., Zappia, T., Nicol, P., & Shields, L. (2012). Nursing and medical students' attitude, knowledge and beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21(7-8), 938-45. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03892.x
Chapman R, et al. Nursing and Medical Students' Attitude, Knowledge and Beliefs Regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents Seeking Health Care for Their Children. J Clin Nurs. 2012;21(7-8):938-45. PubMed PMID: 22008095.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Nursing and medical students' attitude, knowledge and beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children. AU - Chapman,Rose, AU - Watkins,Rochelle, AU - Zappia,Tess, AU - Nicol,Pam, AU - Shields,Linda, Y1 - 2011/10/18/ PY - 2011/10/20/entrez PY - 2011/10/20/pubmed PY - 2012/7/24/medline SP - 938 EP - 45 JF - Journal of clinical nursing JO - J Clin Nurs VL - 21 IS - 7-8 N2 - BACKGROUND: Little research has been conducted to investigate students' attitudes, knowledge and beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children. DESIGN: Descriptive, comparative study. Validated scales were used to assess students' attitudes, knowledge and beliefs and gay affirmative practice. Three open ended questions assessed beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents accessing health care for their children. METHOD: Nursing and medical students completed questionnaires about attitudes to homosexuality. Associations between variables were assessed using chi-square tests of independence, and differences between nursing and medical student groups were assessed using the Mann-Whitney U-test or the Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance test. Responses to the open ended questions were evaluated, coded and described. RESULTS: Knowledge and attitudes about homosexuality were significantly associated with students' race, political voting behaviour, religious beliefs and having a friend who is openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. CONCLUSIONS: It is important to develop strategies to address the existence of prejudicial attitudes among student health professionals and prevent discriminatory practices towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents when seeking health care for their children. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Educators can develop programs that provide students with knowledge and skills to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families receive effective health care when they access services for their children. SN - 1365-2702 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22008095/Nursing_and_medical_students'_attitude_knowledge_and_beliefs_regarding_lesbian_gay_bisexual_and_transgender_parents_seeking_health_care_for_their_children_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03892.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -