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, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 91-114, doi: 10.1080/07399330701827094.

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Title Lesbian parents negotiating the health care system in Australia
Author(s) McNair, Ruth
Brown, RhondaORCID iD for Brown, Rhonda orcid.org/0000-0002-5240-9831
Perlesz, Amaryll
Lindsay, Jo
De Vaus, David
Pitts, Marian
Journal name Health care for women international
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 91
End page 114
Total pages 24
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008-02
ISSN 0739-9332
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/07399330701827094
Field of Research 111707 Family Care
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023068

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