Unintended consequences of gender equality promotion in Swedish multicultural contraceptive counseling: a discourse analysis

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Unintended consequences of gender equality promotion in Swedish multicultural contraceptive counseling: a discourse analysis
Author Arousell, Jonna ; Carlbom, Aje ; Johnsdotter, Sara ; Essén, Birgitta ; Larsson, Elin C.
Date 2017
English abstract
In this article, we explore how reproductive health care providers in Sweden, a country often described as one of the most gender-equal countries in the world, incorporate gender equality ideals in multicultural contraceptive counseling. In the tension between gender equality promotion on one hand and respect for cultural diversity and individualized care on the other, we will demonstrate that values of gender equality were often given priority. This is not necessarily undesirable. Nevertheless, our proposal is that the gender equality ideology may inhibit providers’ ability to think differently about issues at stake in contraceptive counseling, which may negatively influence women’s possibilities to obtain adequate support. At the end of the article, we suggest how health care providers’ reflexivity might be used as a working tool for increased awareness about the taken-for-granted cultural norms that exist in their clinical milieu.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732317697099 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/104973... (external link to publication)
Publisher Sage
Host/Issue Qualitative Health Research;10
Volume 27
ISSN 1049-7323
Pages 1518-1528
Language eng (iso)
Subject gender equality
cultural diversity
women
reproductive health
contraceptive counselling
discourse analysis
qualitative method
Sweden
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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