Honour-related threats and human rights: a qualitative study of Swedish healthcare providers’ attitudes towards young women requesting a virginity certificate or hymen reconstruction
2013 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, Vol. 18, no 6, 451-459 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives To investigate the preferred actions of healthcare staff, as well as their reasoningand attitudes about young females ’ requests for a virginity certifi cate or hymen restoration.Method A qualitative study, consisting of semi-structured interviews of healthcare providersfrom different parts of Sweden and from different medical specialties and professions, whohad experience of women who asked for a virginity certifi cate or a hymen repair.Results Using content analysis, ten themes emerged regarding healthcare personnel ’ s attitudesand reasoning about young female patients and their requests for demonstration ofvirginity. The themes logically were categorised as values , beliefs , and cultural affi liation .Conclusions Responders had a more pragmatic and permissive view than the restrictive,offi cial Swedish policy opposing hymenoplasties within the public healthcare system. Therewere degrees of willingness to accommodate such requests, due, for example, to differentmoral beliefs and medical concerns. Responders expressed frustration over the diffi culty offollowing up patients, a situation likely due to the restrictive policy. The patient-centredapproach adopted by a Dutch team of health professionals would probably better enablequality assurance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health , 2013. Vol. 18, no 6, 451-459 p.
Research subject Practical Philosophy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94772DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2013.837443ISI: 000327484700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-94772DiVA: diva2:655576
Postprint forthcoming Nov. 30 , 20142013-10-122013-10-122013-12-23Bibliographically approved