Lesbian parents negotiating the health care system in Australia

McNair, Ruth, Brown, Rhonda, Perlesz, Amaryll, Lindsay, Jo, de Vaus, David and Pitts, Marian (2008) Lesbian parents negotiating the health care system in Australia. Health Care for Women International, 29 2: 91-114. doi:10.1080/07399330701827094

Author McNair, Ruth
Brown, Rhonda
Perlesz, Amaryll
Lindsay, Jo
de Vaus, David
Pitts, Marian
Title Lesbian parents negotiating the health care system in Australia
Journal name Health Care for Women International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0739-9332
Publication date 2008-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07399330701827094
Volume 29
Issue 2
Start page 91
End page 114
Total pages 24
Place of publication Fagin Hall, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 160805 Social Change
Formatted abstract
Twenty Australian lesbian-parented families were interviewed in multigenerational family groups about the interface between their public and private worlds. Experiences of the health care bureaucracy were difficult, whereas many participants found individual providers to be approachable and caring. Three strategies were used for disclosure of their sexual orientation to health care providers: private, proud, and passive. Influences on the strategy used included family formation, role of the non-birth parent, geographic location, and expected continuity of care. Parents displayed a high degree of thoughtful planning in utilizing their preferred disclosure strategy in order to optimize safety, particularly for their children.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Publications
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