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Attitudes of future doctors towards LGBT patients in conservative Malaysian society

Foong, ALS ORCID: 0000-0001-5956-4597, Liow, JW, Nalliah, S, Low, WY, Samy, AL and Khalaf, ZF 2019 , 'Attitudes of future doctors towards LGBT patients in conservative Malaysian society' , Sexuality and Culture , pp. 1-18 , doi: 10.1007/s12119-019-09685-5.

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One challenge which confronts the acceptance of human diversity is the stigmatisationand discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)individuals in conservative societies. These societies can be influenced by cultureand belief systems, reinforced by state policies which pose health and health careprovision challenges. As significant players in the health of the nation, the attitudesof medical practitioners and the decisions influenced by them impact on healthoutcomes. This cross-sectional study aimed to explore the associations betweenethnicity, religion and gender with the attitude of clinical-year medical studentstoward LGBT patients. A modified 10-item Attitudes Toward LGBT Patients Scale(ATLPS-M) was used to assess attitudes towards LGBT patients. Data from 228participants with valid responses were analysed using ANOVA for religion and ethnicity;and independent t test for gender. The mean scores of ATLPS-M was 38.5 (±5.13). Significant differences were found between ethnicity, religions and ATLPSMscores, with medium effect size ω2 measured at .10 and .10 respectively. Statisticaldifferences were not found between genders and ATLPS-M score. Our findingsreflect the association of ethnicity to attitudes of future doctors towards LGBTpatients in the context of Malaysian society, where religion has been given greatimpetus with far reaching influence in shaping attitudes. Against the backgroundof religion and ethnicity being intertwined in Malaysian society, complexities arehighlighted.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Foong, ALS and Liow, JW and Nalliah, S and Low, WY and Samy, AL and Khalaf, ZF
Keywords: medical practitioners, attitude, LGBT patients, Malaysia, religion, ethnicity, gender, conservative society
Journal or Publication Title: Sexuality and Culture
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
ISSN: 1095-5143
DOI / ID Number: 10.1007/s12119-019-09685-5
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