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Lesbiska barnfamiljers möten med hälso- och sjukvården
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Division of Advanced Nursing.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Due to a more open climate in society for homosexual people several lesbian couples have given birth to children in their relations. Research has shown no differences between children in lesbian families and children in heterosexual families considering mental and social health. International research has also shown that lesbian parents often have bad experiences from meetings with healthcare providers.


aim of this study was to describe lesbian child families/familyplannings and the lesbian parents experiences and expectations of the healthcare.


method for the study was qualitative interview with 9 lesbian parents. The data was analysed by the queer theory heteronormative concept.


results of the research was that lesbian families considered themselves as a nuclear family and at the same time distanced themselves from the nuclear family concept. The findings showed that lesbian couples are involved in a very long process when they try to become parents. The lesbian parents often met a heteronormative approach in their meetings with nurses in the health care, mainly in nurse's speech and practices. Such approaches lead to negative experiences for the lesbian parents.


Nurses need to bee aware of the consequences of heteronormative practices. These aspects should be highlighted in all education for nursing. 

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2009. , 39 p.
Keyword [sv]
barnmorska, heteronormativitet, sjuksköterska, queerteori
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-3772OAI: diva2:447555
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Nursing science
Available from: 2011-10-25 Created: 2011-10-12 Last updated: 2011-10-25Bibliographically approved

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