Homophobia in Nursing: A Concept Analysis


Author contact: mchristensen@boournemouth.ac.uk, with a copy to the Editor: cooperconsulting@socal.rr.com


It could be argued that the term homophobia may have an array of meanings, which makes it difficult to truly define. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to explore homophobia in nursing using concept analysis as described by Walker and Avant (1995). Definitions of homophobia in general terms will be identified together with a working definition of homophobia in nursing in order for the critical attributes to be explored and identified. The formation of model, borderline, and contrary cases will exemplify the key characteristics of what homophobia in nursing is and is not. The examination of the antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents allows for further refinement of the key attributes, which define homophobia in nursing.