Nurses’ Knowledge and Attitudes toward Lesbians Seeking Perinatal Care in Israel

Sharona Tzur-Peled, Orly Sarid, Talma Kushnir

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-172
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Volume68
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Nurses’ characteristics
  • attitudes
  • knowledge
  • lesbians
  • perinatal care

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