Call for papers: LGBTI+ population and healthcare context

2018-04-13

Experiences of LGBTI+ Population within Healthcare Context

Paolo Valerio -  University of Naples Federico II paolo.valerio@unina.it

Cristiano Scandurra - University of Naples Federico II cristiano.scandurra@unina.it

David M. Frost, Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University College London

Although research on the health of LGBTI+ populations is expanding rapidly, including a focus on social and health policies, the experiences of LGBTI+ people within healthcare contexts needs to be explored in even more in detail. An increasing body of research has demonstrated that LGBTI+ people face health inequalities, which are due to the pernicious effects of social stigma. A more accurate understanding of the quality of care received and perceived by this population represents a fundamental social issue and a central focus for reducing health inequalities. Indeed, many LGBTI+ people still avoid healthcare contexts for fear of discrimination from healthcare providers. On the other hand, many healthcare providers still have little knowledge about the specific health needs of this population. A further issue concerns the structural/institutional stigma embedded within some health organizations due to the existence of laws and regulations that not guarantee full equality for LGBTI+ populations.

The focus of this thematic issue is the experience of LGBTI+ people within healthcare contexts.  We invite contributions from a plurality of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including but not limited to: clinical and social psychology, sociology, philosophy, jurisprudence, diversity management, organization and HR management.  Qualitative, quantitative and/or mixed-method design are welcome, as well as reviews and critical reflections. Manuscripts focused on the experiences of intersectionality (e.g., intersections of race, ethnicity, ability, class, migration status, etc. within LGBTI+ populations) and from diverse geographic regions are particularly welcome.

Manuscripts should address one or more of the following topics:

  • Experiences of LGBTI+ population within healthcare contexts from the minority stress, intersectionality, life course and/or social ecological perspectives;
  • Healthcare providers perception and/or knowledge towards LGBTI+ population;
  • Quality of care received and/or perceived by LGBTI+ population
  • Psycho-social interventions to improve the quality of care provided to LGBTI+ population
  • Individual, interpersonal and structural/institutional stigma experienced by LGBTI+ population within healthcare contexts;
  • Interventions and other efforts designed to promote LGBTI+ affirmative care and practice
  • Specific norms related to healthcare contexts and their relationships with LGBTI+ population;
  • Critical reflections on the topic.

The thematic issue is addressed to both academics and practitioners. Also LGBTI+ activists or simply people who want to share their experiences in a critical way are welcome.

Below, important timelines are reported:

  • Abstract submission (no more than 500 words): 15th October 2018
  • Acceptance communication: 30th October 2018
  • Full paper submission: 28th February 2019
  • Results of first round of review: 30th June 2019
  • Resubmission of the revised manuscript: 10th September 2019
  • Publication: 15th December 2019

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