Nursing Students' Attitudes Toward Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons: An Integrative Review

Fidelindo A. Lim, Richard Hsu

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Abstract

AIM The aim of this study was to critically appraise and synthesize findings from studies on the attitudes of nursing students toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons. BACKGROUND There is paucity of research to assess the attitudes of nursing students toward LGBT persons. METHOD An electronic search was conducted using PubMed, Medline, Web of Science, EbscoHost, PsycInfo, and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature using medical subject headings terminologies. Search terms used included gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, LGBT, nursing students, baccalaureate nursing, undergraduate nursing, homophobia, homosexuality, sexual minority, attitudes, discrimination, and prejudice RESULTS Less than 50 percent of the studies (5 out of 12) suggested positively leaning attitudes of nursing students toward LGBT persons; six studies reported negative attitudes, and one study reported neutral attitudes. CONCLUSION There are some indications that student attitudes may be moving toward positively leaning. Studies published before 2000 reported a preponderance of negative attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-152
Number of pages9
JournalNursing education perspectives
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Health Disparities
  • Homosexuality
  • LGBT
  • Nursing Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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