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Attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children in two early parenting services in Australia.
J Clin Nurs. 2017 Apr; 26(7-8):1021-1030.JC

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

To examine the attitudes to and knowledge and beliefs about homosexuality of nurses and allied professionals in two early parenting services in Australia.

BACKGROUND

Early parenting services employ nurses and allied professionals. Access and inclusion policies are important in community health and early childhood service settings. However, little is known about the perceptions of professionals who work within early parenting services in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families.

DESIGN

This is the final in a series of studies and was undertaken in two early parenting services in two states in Australia using a cross-sectional design with quantitative and qualitative approaches.

METHODS

Validated questionnaires were completed by 51 nurses and allied professionals and tested with chi-squared test of independence (or Fisher's exact test), Mann-Whitney U-test, Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance or Spearman's rank correlation. Thematic analysis examined qualitative data collected in a box for free comments.

RESULTS

Of the constructs measured by the questionnaires, no significant relationships were found in knowledge, attitude and gay affirmative practice scores by sociodemographic variables or professional group. However, attitude scores towards lesbians and gay men were significantly negatively affected by conservative political affiliation (p = 0·038), held religious beliefs (p = 0·011) and frequency of praying (p = 0·018). Six overall themes were found as follows: respect, parenting role, implications for the child, management, disclosure, resources and training.

CONCLUSIONS

The study provided an in-depth analysis of the attitudes, knowledge and beliefs of professionals in two early parenting services, showing that work is needed to promote acceptance of diversity and the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in planning, developing, evaluating and accessing early parenting services.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

Access and inclusion plans for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families are crucial in early parenting services in Australia and should be included in professional development programmes.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Ngala Early Parenting Service, Perth, Western Australia, Australia. Curtin School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, Bentley, WA, Australia. University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, WA, Australia.Child Health Services Child and Youth Community Health Service, Children's Health Queensland, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.Public Health and Tropical Medicine, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Qld, Australia.School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia.University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Qld, Australia.Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. School of Medicine, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27685602

Citation

Bennett, Elaine, et al. "Attitudes to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents Seeking Health Care for Their Children in Two Early Parenting Services in Australia." Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 26, no. 7-8, 2017, pp. 1021-1030.
Bennett E, Berry K, Emeto TI, et al. Attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children in two early parenting services in Australia. J Clin Nurs. 2017;26(7-8):1021-1030.
Bennett, E., Berry, K., Emeto, T. I., Burmeister, O. K., Young, J., & Shields, L. (2017). Attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children in two early parenting services in Australia. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(7-8), 1021-1030. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13595
Bennett E, et al. Attitudes to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents Seeking Health Care for Their Children in Two Early Parenting Services in Australia. J Clin Nurs. 2017;26(7-8):1021-1030. PubMed PMID: 27685602.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children in two early parenting services in Australia. AU - Bennett,Elaine, AU - Berry,Karen, AU - Emeto,Theophilus I, AU - Burmeister,Oliver K, AU - Young,Jeanine, AU - Shields,Linda, Y1 - 2016/11/23/ PY - 2016/09/22/accepted PY - 2016/9/30/pubmed PY - 2017/4/13/medline PY - 2016/9/30/entrez KW - bisexual KW - family-centred care KW - gay KW - homosexuality KW - lesbian KW - parents KW - sexuality KW - transgender SP - 1021 EP - 1030 JF - Journal of clinical nursing JO - J Clin Nurs VL - 26 IS - 7-8 N2 - AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To examine the attitudes to and knowledge and beliefs about homosexuality of nurses and allied professionals in two early parenting services in Australia. BACKGROUND: Early parenting services employ nurses and allied professionals. Access and inclusion policies are important in community health and early childhood service settings. However, little is known about the perceptions of professionals who work within early parenting services in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families. DESIGN: This is the final in a series of studies and was undertaken in two early parenting services in two states in Australia using a cross-sectional design with quantitative and qualitative approaches. METHODS: Validated questionnaires were completed by 51 nurses and allied professionals and tested with chi-squared test of independence (or Fisher's exact test), Mann-Whitney U-test, Kruskal-Wallis one-way analysis of variance or Spearman's rank correlation. Thematic analysis examined qualitative data collected in a box for free comments. RESULTS: Of the constructs measured by the questionnaires, no significant relationships were found in knowledge, attitude and gay affirmative practice scores by sociodemographic variables or professional group. However, attitude scores towards lesbians and gay men were significantly negatively affected by conservative political affiliation (p = 0·038), held religious beliefs (p = 0·011) and frequency of praying (p = 0·018). Six overall themes were found as follows: respect, parenting role, implications for the child, management, disclosure, resources and training. CONCLUSIONS: The study provided an in-depth analysis of the attitudes, knowledge and beliefs of professionals in two early parenting services, showing that work is needed to promote acceptance of diversity and the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in planning, developing, evaluating and accessing early parenting services. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Access and inclusion plans for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families are crucial in early parenting services in Australia and should be included in professional development programmes. SN - 1365-2702 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27685602/Attitudes_to_lesbian_gay_bisexual_and_transgender_parents_seeking_health_care_for_their_children_in_two_early_parenting_services_in_Australia_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.13595 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -