|Institution:||California State University – Northridge|
|Keywords:||Population; Dissertations, Academic ??? CSUN|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/172745|
This paper determines if stigma results in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Armenian population???s health needs not being sufficiently addressed. The type of research conducted was quantitative with an exploratory study design and purposive sampling. Eligible subjects had to be 18 years old or older, Armenian and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender. Participants took an anonymous survey and were asked about the possible reasons that members of the Armenian LGBT community may not get the healthcare they need using a Likert scale. Due to a sample size of 20 participants no statistical analysis was conducted. Instead, basic descriptives were reported to provide future insight to this lessor known population. Approximately 30% of the participants reported not being ???out??? with any of their healthcare providers. The reason participants were not ???out??? to healthcare providers were because of discrimination at 20%, losing respect at 15% and awkwardness at 5%. 75% of the participants who are not ???out??? to healthcare providers fear medical personnel would treat them differently if they found out an individual identifies as LGBT. This study gathered more information about how stigmatized LGBT Armenians experienced healthcare providers. This research also reflected relevant characteristics of this community that primary health care professionals can use to provide the highest possible level of care to improve the wellbeing of these individuals. Advisors/Committee Members: Mountz, Sarah E (advisor), Levin, Amy C (committee member).