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Social justice and social determinants of health: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed, and queer youth in Canada.

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Source
J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2010 Feb;23(1):23-8
Publication Type
Article
Date
Feb-2010
Author
Deborah Dysart-Gale
Author Affiliation
General Studies Unit, Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. dysart@encs.concordia.ca
Source
J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2010 Feb;23(1):23-8
Date
Feb-2010
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Bisexuality
Canada
Female
Health Services Accessibility
Healthcare Disparities
Homosexuality
Humans
Male
Nursing
Social Conditions
Social Justice
Transsexualism
Young Adult
Abstract
While nurses address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, intersexed, and queer (henceforth LGBTIQ) patients' health needs, the professional nursing practice value of social justice provides a larger role for nurses in identifying and minimizing social barriers faced by LGBTIQ patients.
This paper examines the social and health-related experiences of LGBTIQ youth in Canada, a country which has removed many of the social and legal barriers faced by LGBTIQ in countries such as the United States. An awareness of the Canadian LGBTIQ experience is instructive for nurses in different countries, as it reveals both the possibilities and limitations of social legislation that is more inclusive of LGBTIQ youth.
Review of literature in PubMed, Academic Search Premier, government documents.
The literature reveals that exclusion, isolation, and fear remain realities for Canadian LGBTIQ adolescents. The Canadian experience suggests that negative social attitudes toward LGBTIQ persist despite progressive legislation. The value of social justice positions nurses to constructively intervene in promoting the health and well-being of LGBTIQ youth in the face of social homophobia.
PubMed ID
20122085 View in PubMed
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