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Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes toward Lesbians Seeking Perinatal Care in Israel.

Authors
  • Tzur-Peled, Sharona1
  • Sarid, Orly2
  • Kushnir, Talma3, 4
  • 1 a Dina Academic School of Nursing , Rabin Medical Center , Petah Tikva , Israel. , (Israel)
  • 2 b The Spitzer Department of Social Work , Ben-Gurion University of the Negev , Beer-Sheva , Israel. , (Israel)
  • 3 c Department of Psychology , Ariel University , Ariel , Israel. , (Israel)
  • 4 d Department of Public Health , Ben-Gurion University of the Negev , Beer-Sheva , Israel. , (Israel)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Jun 13, 2019
Pages
1–16
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1627130
PMID: 31194920
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

In recent decades, there has been an increasing tendency among lesbians to realize their desire to become parents. Nurses provide perinatal care to lesbians at women's healthcare centres from the pregnancy planning stage until childbirth, serving as a source of information, advice and support. However, little is known about nurses' personal and professional characteristics, including knowledge and attitudes concerning perinatal care of lesbians at women's health centres. The current study was a cross sectional study that assessed a convenience sample of 184 nurses who provide perinatal care to lesbians at women's health centres belonging to the two largest health organizations in Israel. The average score received by participants on a homosexuality knowledge questionnaire was 10.4 on a scale of 0-17, indicating moderate levels of factual knowledge about homosexuality. Of all nurses surveyed, 83.2% had negative attitudes with regard to the treatment of lesbians. Nurses' personal and professional characteristics were found to be associated with these attitudes.

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