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‘I had a lump in my stomach’: Swedish gay and lesbian students’ experiences of their time in school
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. (Kvinna barn ungdom och familj)
LBS kreativa gymnasiet, Lund, Sweden.
Plusgymnasiet Malmö, Sweden.
Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, United Kingdom.
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2017 (English)In: British Journal of School Nursing, ISSN 1752-2803, E-ISSN 2052-2827, Vol. 12, no 6, p. 284-290Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gay and lesbian youth can experience ignorance and a lack of acknowledgement surrounding their sexual orientation during their time in school. This qualitative interview study describes how Swedish gay and lesbian students experience their secondary school years on the basis that society has heteronormative values.

The data is based on eight telephone interviews with gay and lesbian young adults, aged 18–25 and was analysed using a qualitative narrative approach.

The findings presented four themes: not fitting into the norm of heterosexuality, lacking confirmation of their own homosexuality, finding courage, seeing the school as a supportive or a non-supportive environment.

A way to normalise homosexuality can be to discuss sexual development and attraction from a health-promoting perspective. Professionals working in school need to feel comfortable with issues such as sexuality in order to create a situation of confidence for the student.

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2017. Vol. 12, no 6, p. 284-290
Keywords [en]
Homosexuality, Gay, Lesbian, Adolescence, School, experience
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Nursing
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Woman, Child and Family (WomFam)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14052DOI: 10.12968/bjsn.2017.12.6.284OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14052DiVA, id: diva2:1136700
Available from: 2017-08-29 Created: 2017-08-29 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved

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