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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services on 21/03/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10538720.2017.1295413

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Non-heterosexual women's experiences of informal social support: a qualitative metasynthesis

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>05/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number2
Volume29
Number of pages35
Pages (from-to)109-143
Publication statusPublished
Early online date21/03/17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This metasynthesis explores how non-heterosexual women experience informal social support. A systematic literature search was conducted to identify papers for inclusion, following which Noblit and Hare's (1988) meta-ethnographic approach was adopted to synthesise the findings of 16 papers. Four themes were derived: (i) disconnection from family life, (ii) the benefits of cross-sexual orientation friendships (iii) negotiating (internalised) homophobia and seeking a space for authenticity, and (iv) the intimacy of friendships between women. The impact of heterosexism on the women’s experiences of social support is discussed, implications for health and social care are explored and future research avenues are proposed.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services on 21/03/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10538720.2017.1295413