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Chronic Illness in Non-heterosexual Contexts: an Online Survey of Experiences

Jowett, A. and Peel, Elizabeth (2009) Chronic Illness in Non-heterosexual Contexts: an Online Survey of Experiences. Feminism & Psychology, 19 (4). pp. 454-474. ISSN Print: 0959-3535 On-line: 1461-7161

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Abstract

In this article we contribute to the expansion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) health psychology beyond the confines of sexual health by examining the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people living with non-HIV related chronic illness. Using a (predominantly) qualitative online survey, the perspectives of 190 LGB people with 52 different chronic illnesses from eight countries were collected. The five most commonly reported physical conditions were arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, asthma and chronic fatigue syndrome. Our analysis focuses on four themes within participants? written comments: (1) ableism within LGBT communities; (2) isolation from LGBT communities and other LGB people living with chronic illness; (3)heteronormativity within sources of information and support and; (4) homophobia from healthcare professionals. We conclude by suggesting that LGBTQ psychology could usefully draw on critical health psychology principles and frameworks to explore non-heterosexual's lived experiences of chronic illness, and also that there remains a need for specifically targeted support groups and services for LGB people with chronic illnesses.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: bisexual health, chronic illness, gay men's health, heterosexism, lesbian health, LGBTQ health, online survey, patients' perspectives
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Peel
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2013 13:05
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 17:06
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2569

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