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Univ. of Kentucky says survey was intended to improve health services

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The University of Kentucky says a campus-wide student survey that asked students whether homosexuality was a sin was intended to improve the school’s health services.

University-of-KentuckyThe school said in a statement issued Thursday that although some questions in the survey have been concerning to individuals, the questions regarding “sexual identity or orientation” were intended to assess campus climate and diversity of student beliefs.

The questionnaire is part of a quality improvement project at UHS that includes learning more about LGBTQ college students’ utilization of university health centers. The project’s goal is to improve health services and gauge student opinions and impressions on the state of patient care for LGBTQ students at UK’s University Health Service.

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The survey was a follow-up survey to one distributed in April 2013 that was used to develop a baseline assessment of perceptions of health care services and attitudes on campus and what LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ students thought about both.

The survey questions varied based on whether the respondent identified as either gay or straight.

Gay respondents were asked how they agreed with these statements: “If it were possible, I would choose to be straight,” and “Straight people have boring lives compared with LGB people.”

In contrast, those who identified as straight were asked how they agreed with these statements: “A woman who is a lesbian is just as likely to be a good person as anyone else,” “The idea of gay marriage seems ridiculous to me,” “Homosexuality is a mental illness,” and “Homosexuality is a sin.”

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