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“I am yet to encounter any survey that actually reflects my life”: a qualitative study of inclusivity in sexual health research

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Research Methodology, July 2016
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Title
“I am yet to encounter any survey that actually reflects my life”: a qualitative study of inclusivity in sexual health research
Published in
BMC Medical Research Methodology, July 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12874-016-0193-4
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Authors

Elise R. Carrotte, Alyce M. Vella, Anna L. Bowring, Caitlin Douglass, Margaret E. Hellard, Megan S. C. Lim

Abstract

Heteronormativity describes a set of norms and assumptions pertaining to heterosexual identities and binary gender. In 2015, we conducted our annual Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll study, an online health survey of over 1000 Victorians aged 15-29 years. Feedback from participants suggested that our survey contained heteronormative language. In response to this, we aimed to make inclusive changes to our survey via consultation with young gender and sexually diverse (GSD) people. We conducted two semi-structured focus groups in Melbourne with a total of 16 participants (age range: 21-28 years). Participants were mostly cisgender women, and there were two transgender participants and one non-binary participant. Participants also had a range of sexual identities including lesbian, queer, bisexual, pansexual, and asexual. Focus group discussions were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. Most participants indicated heteronormativity affects their lives in multiple ways, noting its impacts on access to sexual healthcare, invalidating sexual experiences and miscommunication in forms and surveys. Overall, participants emphasised the need for sexual health research to avoid assumptions about behaviour, to be clear and eliminate question ambiguity and avoiding treating gender as binary. Participants also discussed how the Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll survey could address a range of sexual behaviours and experiences, rather than focusing on penetrative sex, which many participants found invalidating. Our findings have important implications for future health surveys aimed at general populations. We present recommendations that encourage research to be more inclusive to ensure data collection from GSD participants is respectful and rigorous.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 85 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 17 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 17%
Student > Bachelor 14 16%
Researcher 12 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 7%
Other 8 9%
Unknown 14 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 19 22%
Psychology 18 21%
Nursing and Health Professions 14 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 14%
Arts and Humanities 2 2%
Other 4 5%
Unknown 17 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 21. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 22 October 2021.
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#1,245,280
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Outputs from BMC Medical Research Methodology
#180
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#24,635
of 274,109 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Medical Research Methodology
#1
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