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Master of Social Work (MSW)
Using an interpretive, narrative approach this research study examined the perceived needs that same-sex couples expected if relocating to a long-term care facility. This exploratory study engaged couples in dialogue on their experiences with homophobia and heterosexism in society and within health care institutions. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with four same-:sex couples. Results indicated participants were concerned that 1) homophobia and heterosexism would present barriers if moving into long-term care; 2) sensitivity and diversity training should be a mandatory practice in long-term care; and 3) participants found little difference between differential treatments they would expect compared to heterosexual couples. All of the participants expected to be treated with compassion, respect and professionalism that met their health care needs and their same-sex relationship and/or sexual identity should not compromise these needs. These findings suggested a need for 1ong-term care facilities to examine and evaluate their current climate in order to provide services which are inclusive toward same-sex couples.
Cosby, Robert, ""We Expect To Be Treated The Same": A qualitative study with aging same-sex couples and long-term care" (2008). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4752.
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