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A descriptive study of the experiences of lesbian, gay and transgender parents accessing health services for their children.
J Clin Nurs. 2012 Apr; 21(7-8):1128-35.JC

Abstract

AIM

To explore the experiences of lesbian, gay and transgender families accessing health care for their children.

BACKGROUND

Although lesbian, gay and transgender families are becoming more common, little is known about their health-seeking experiences. These families may be fearful about disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity to health professionals. As a result, lesbian, gay and transgender parents may not be receiving optimal care for their children.

DESIGN

Descriptive qualitative study.

METHOD

Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 11 lesbian, gay and transgender parents in Australia.

RESULTS

Three themes were generated from the data: 'managing health care experiences', 'attitudes' and 'transforming bureaucracies'. Negative experiences included encountering homophobia or transphobia and being required to educate health professionals. Positive experiences occurred when both parents were acknowledged as having an equal say in their child's health care.

CONCLUSION

Many health professionals lack the skill or knowledge to meet the needs of lesbian, gay and transgender families. Health services are required to ensure that all policies and procedures are inclusive of all family constellations and that staff receive relevant and up-to-date sensitivity training and create an environment that is respectful of all family groups.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

Adopting a philosophy of family centred care can enable health providers and health professionals to provide lesbian, gay and transgender families with inclusive non-discriminatory care.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Australian Catholic University and Southern Health Victoria, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Melbourne, Australia. r.chapman@curtin.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo 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

22288982

Citation

Chapman, Rose, et al. "A Descriptive Study of the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Parents Accessing Health Services for Their Children." Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 21, no. 7-8, 2012, pp. 1128-35.
Chapman R, Wardrop J, Freeman P, et al. A descriptive study of the experiences of lesbian, gay and transgender parents accessing health services for their children. J Clin Nurs. 2012;21(7-8):1128-35.
Chapman, R., Wardrop, J., Freeman, P., Zappia, T., Watkins, R., & Shields, L. (2012). A descriptive study of the experiences of lesbian, gay and transgender parents accessing health services for their children. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21(7-8), 1128-35. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03939.x
Chapman R, et al. A Descriptive Study of the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Transgender Parents Accessing Health Services for Their Children. J Clin Nurs. 2012;21(7-8):1128-35. PubMed PMID: 22288982.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A descriptive study of the experiences of lesbian, gay and transgender parents accessing health services for their children. AU - Chapman,Rose, AU - Wardrop,Joan, AU - Freeman,Phoenix, AU - Zappia,Tess, AU - Watkins,Rochelle, AU - Shields,Linda, Y1 - 2012/01/31/ PY - 2012/2/1/entrez PY - 2012/2/1/pubmed PY - 2012/7/24/medline SP - 1128 EP - 35 JF - Journal of clinical nursing JO - J Clin Nurs VL - 21 IS - 7-8 N2 - AIM: To explore the experiences of lesbian, gay and transgender families accessing health care for their children. BACKGROUND: Although lesbian, gay and transgender families are becoming more common, little is known about their health-seeking experiences. These families may be fearful about disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity to health professionals. As a result, lesbian, gay and transgender parents may not be receiving optimal care for their children. DESIGN: Descriptive qualitative study. METHOD: Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 11 lesbian, gay and transgender parents in Australia. RESULTS: Three themes were generated from the data: 'managing health care experiences', 'attitudes' and 'transforming bureaucracies'. Negative experiences included encountering homophobia or transphobia and being required to educate health professionals. Positive experiences occurred when both parents were acknowledged as having an equal say in their child's health care. CONCLUSION: Many health professionals lack the skill or knowledge to meet the needs of lesbian, gay and transgender families. Health services are required to ensure that all policies and procedures are inclusive of all family constellations and that staff receive relevant and up-to-date sensitivity training and create an environment that is respectful of all family groups. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Adopting a philosophy of family centred care can enable health providers and health professionals to provide lesbian, gay and transgender families with inclusive non-discriminatory care. SN - 1365-2702 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22288982/A_descriptive_study_of_the_experiences_of_lesbian_gay_and_transgender_parents_accessing_health_services_for_their_children_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03939.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -