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Marginalised mothers: Lesbian women negotiating heteronormative healthcare services

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Abstract


  • Lesbian mothers share mainstream existence with other mothers by virtue of their motherhood, but remain marginalised by their non-heterosexual identity. This paper will draw on the qualitative findings of a recent Australian study that examined the experiences of lesbian mothers. Using a story-sharing method, data were collected using three methods; a demographic data sheet, in-depth semi-structured interviews and journaling. The findings demonstrated that participants experienced various forms of homophobia when interfacing with healthcare services and providers and included exclusion, heterosexual assumption, inappropriate questioning and refusal of services. Strategies used to avoid homophobia included screening and crusading.

UOW Authors


  •   Hayman, Brenda (external author)
  •   Wilkes, Lesley (external author)
  •   Halcomb, Elizabeth
  •   Jackson, Debra (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hayman, B., Wilkes, L., Halcomb, E. J. & Jackson, D. (2013). Marginalised mothers: Lesbian women negotiating heteronormative healthcare services. Contemporary Nurse, 44 (1), 120-127.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84881265497

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1842&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/829

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 120

End Page


  • 127

Volume


  • 44

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Lesbian mothers share mainstream existence with other mothers by virtue of their motherhood, but remain marginalised by their non-heterosexual identity. This paper will draw on the qualitative findings of a recent Australian study that examined the experiences of lesbian mothers. Using a story-sharing method, data were collected using three methods; a demographic data sheet, in-depth semi-structured interviews and journaling. The findings demonstrated that participants experienced various forms of homophobia when interfacing with healthcare services and providers and included exclusion, heterosexual assumption, inappropriate questioning and refusal of services. Strategies used to avoid homophobia included screening and crusading.

UOW Authors


  •   Hayman, Brenda (external author)
  •   Wilkes, Lesley (external author)
  •   Halcomb, Elizabeth
  •   Jackson, Debra (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Hayman, B., Wilkes, L., Halcomb, E. J. & Jackson, D. (2013). Marginalised mothers: Lesbian women negotiating heteronormative healthcare services. Contemporary Nurse, 44 (1), 120-127.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84881265497

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1842&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/829

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 120

End Page


  • 127

Volume


  • 44

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia