Nursing and medical students' attitudes, knowledge and beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children

Chapman, Rose, Watkins, Rochelle, Zappia, Tess, Nicol, Pam, and Shields, Linda (2012) Nursing and medical students' attitudes, knowledge and beliefs regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking health care for their children. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 21 (7-8). pp. 938-945.

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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.

Item ID: 27617
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2702
Keywords: attitudes, bisexual and transgender families, gay, homosexual, lesbian, medical, nursing, students
Funders: Nurses Memorial Trust of Western Australia
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 09:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
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