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Lesbian disclosure and health care seeking in the United States: A replication study



Lesbian disclosure and health care seeking in the United States: A replication study



Journal of Lesbian Studies 22(1): 102-115



The current study explored factors associated with lesbian disclosure to health care providers (HCPs) and engagement in preventative health behaviors by replicating and extending a Canadian path analysis study with a sample of U.S. lesbians. Both patient (education, feminism, global outness, and internalized homophobia) and HCP-related (lesbian-friendly HCPs and patient comfort) factors were either directly or indirectly associated with disclosure and engagement in preventative health behaviors, including avoidance of health-compromising behaviors (e.g., smoking) and health care seeking. Importantly, findings suggest that HCPs-particularly those who are inclusive of lesbian patients-may play a role in assuaging their patients' experiences of minority stress. Overall, the findings were similar to those originally reported in the Canadian study, with the exception of internalized homophobia playing a more visible role in the current study.

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Accession: 059914411

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PMID: 28632080

DOI: 10.1080/10894160.2017.1282283


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