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Pediatric care for children whose parents are gay or lesbian.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8628598     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: A growing number of children have at least one parent who is gay or lesbian. There is no evidence that these children experience any particular difficulties as a result of their parents' sexual orientation. Considerable evidence suggests that the provision of health care may not address the special needs and concerns of gay men and lesbians adequately. No research has been done regarding the pediatric care of children whose parents are gay or lesbian. It is likely that there are predictable challenges and development transitions for these children and parents for which pediatricians and other health care providers might be helpful advisers. OBJECTIVE: This exploratory project sought to describe the experiences that lesbian and gay parents and their children have had with the pediatric health care system. We were interested in describing experiences that had been especially affirming and others that had been troublesome and in gathering suggestions regarding changes in the structure and process of care. METHODOLOGY: Two hundred fifty-five parents completed an open-ended questionnaire. Responses were coded and tabulated. RESULTS: Most parents described considerable success in obtaining pediatric care that was affirming, supportive, and satisfactory. On the other hand, many parents noted deficiencies in pediatric offices, clinics, emergency departments, and hospitals, many of which could be corrected easily. CONCLUSIONS: We have summarized the accumulated advice to pediatric health care providers and have described some of the developmental transitions that are potentially appropriate opportunities for pediatric intervention.
E C Perrin; H Kulkin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatrics     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0031-4005     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatrics     Publication Date:  1996 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-06-24     Completed Date:  1996-06-24     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376422     Medline TA:  Pediatrics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  629-35     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester., 01655-0001, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Child Health Services* / organization & administration
Child, Preschool
Emergency Service, Hospital
Health Services Needs and Demand
Homosexuality, Female*
Homosexuality, Male*
Hospital-Patient Relations
Interpersonal Relations
Physicians' Offices
Process Assessment (Health Care)
Professional-Family Relations*
Comment In:
Pediatrics. 1997 Feb;99(2):307-8   [PMID:  9024469 ]
Pediatrics. 1997 Feb;99(2):307; author reply 308   [PMID:  9024468 ]

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