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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/156808
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Lesbian women over fifty: An invisible minority
Abstract:
Lesbian women over fifty: An invisible minority
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:1992
Conference Date:May 19 - 22, 1992
Author:Deevey, Sharon, PhD
Lesbian women report feeling at risk of harm in some health care settings because health care providers lack knowledge about their needs and concerns. More information is needed to prepare health care providers to give good care to lesbian patients.



Older lesbian women in particular have been invisible because of the triple minority status of their age, gender, and sexual orientation. The problem for this study was to describe what lesbian women over age fifty report about their life experiences and their health-seeking behaviors on the Older Lesbian Questionnaire. The instrument included 44 closed-end questions about life experiences from a revised version of the 1977 Aging and Lesbian/Gay Male Questionnaire and 24 Likert-type questions about health-seeking behaviors from the 1986 Personal Lifestyle Questionnaire.



Seventy-eight older lesbian women were located by snowball sampling through the researcher's personal network and lesbian community organizations. The respondents were between the ages of 52 and 82, Caucasian, well-educated, and employed in a variety of occupations. Two-thirds were currently in a lesbian relationship, one third had children, and forty-two percent had previously been married to a man. One third of the respondents lived in Ohio, one third in California, and one third in fifteen other states.



Data analysis included descriptive statistics and a narrative summary of additional comments written by the respondents in the margins of 63 of the 78 questionnaires. Major findings included most respondents reporting positive feelings about their mental health and aging, variety in their age of coming out, caution about self-disclosure, and the regular practice of health-seeking behaviors. Potential health problems suggested by the study included infrequent breast self-examination, high alcohol consumption, extra weight, and skepticism toward both traditional health care and health promotion.



Implications included the limited generalizability of research with self-selected samples from hidden populations and the nurse's role as patient advocate in clinical practice with stigmatized minorities.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
19-May-1992
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLesbian women over fifty: An invisible minorityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/156808-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Lesbian women over fifty: An invisible minority</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">1992</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">May 19 - 22, 1992</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Deevey, Sharon, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sdeevey@juno.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Lesbian women report feeling at risk of harm in some health care settings because health care providers lack knowledge about their needs and concerns. More information is needed to prepare health care providers to give good care to lesbian patients.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Older lesbian women in particular have been invisible because of the triple minority status of their age, gender, and sexual orientation. The problem for this study was to describe what lesbian women over age fifty report about their life experiences and their health-seeking behaviors on the Older Lesbian Questionnaire. The instrument included 44 closed-end questions about life experiences from a revised version of the 1977 Aging and Lesbian/Gay Male Questionnaire and 24 Likert-type questions about health-seeking behaviors from the 1986 Personal Lifestyle Questionnaire.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Seventy-eight older lesbian women were located by snowball sampling through the researcher's personal network and lesbian community organizations. The respondents were between the ages of 52 and 82, Caucasian, well-educated, and employed in a variety of occupations. Two-thirds were currently in a lesbian relationship, one third had children, and forty-two percent had previously been married to a man. One third of the respondents lived in Ohio, one third in California, and one third in fifteen other states.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Data analysis included descriptive statistics and a narrative summary of additional comments written by the respondents in the margins of 63 of the 78 questionnaires. Major findings included most respondents reporting positive feelings about their mental health and aging, variety in their age of coming out, caution about self-disclosure, and the regular practice of health-seeking behaviors. Potential health problems suggested by the study included infrequent breast self-examination, high alcohol consumption, extra weight, and skepticism toward both traditional health care and health promotion.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Implications included the limited generalizability of research with self-selected samples from hidden populations and the nurse's role as patient advocate in clinical practice with stigmatized minorities.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T15:09:29Z-
dc.date.issued1992-05-19en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T15:09:29Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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