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Attitude of Psychiatrists towards homosexuality in India: A survey based cross-sectional study
 
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Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore.
 
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Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore
 
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Sri Aurobindo Instiute of Medical Sciences, Indore.
 
 
Submission date: 2016-04-06
 
 
Final revision date: 2016-06-09
 
 
Acceptance date: 2016-07-04
 
 
Publication date: 2016-10-05
 
 
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Srikanth Maryada Reddy   

Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry,, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore., 453555 Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
 
 
Arch Psych Psych 2016;18(3):32–39
 
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Aim of the study:
Study was planned to assess the attitudes of psychiatrists in India towards homosexuality.

Subject or material and methods:
An informed consent form and a semi structured proforma were sent online to 3,348 psychiatrists across India. Multiple questions pertaining to the age, gender, religion, place of practice, work area, comfort in seeing homosexual patients and comfort in referring patients to a homosexual colleague were enquired from the consenting psychiatrists. Following which all the participants were asked to fill up the Heterosexual Attitude Towards Homosexuality (HATH) scale. Data so obtained was statistically analyzed.

Results:
In all, 190 psychiatrists consented and submitted the completed forms. The mean age of the respondents was 42.9 ± 11.8 and the male female ratio was 3.8. Most of the psychiatrists (n=105) reported that they see around 1-10 homosexual patients per year and 95.26% reported that they were comfortable doing so. Most of the psychiatrists (83.15%) were comfortable in referring a patient to a colleague knowing that he/she is a homosexual. The mean HATH score was 59.3 ± 4.6 and there was no significant difference across gender, age, place of practice and profile of practice.

Discussion:
The attitude of psychiatrists in India towards homosexuality is neutral and doesn’t vary across age, gender, place of practice and profile of practice. They are mostly comfortable handling homosexual patients and referring patients to homosexual colleagues.

Conclusions:
Psychiatrists in India bear a neutral attitude towards homosexuality.

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