Her research efforts focus on the overarching areas of gerontology, LGBT population and alcohol and other drug addictions, spirituality, and the impact on social work education and practice. She is interested in cultural sensitivity, resiliency and quality of life and health and mental health in social work education and practice. She is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar in Cohort XI and is currently conducting her research on resiliency and quality of life of older lesbian adults with alcoholism. This conceptual article begins to address the issues faced by older lesbians with alcoholism and considers further research necessary to enhance understanding of the lived experiences of these individuals.
Family Lives of Lesbian and Gay Adults | SpringerLink
Handbook of Marriage and the Family pp Cite as. How do lesbian and gay identities figure in family lives today? From the standpoint of social science, answers to this question focus on couples, parents, children, other family members, and on their relationships and interactions with one another. In the shifting contexts that contemporary families inhabit, these relationships and interactions are changing over time, and they are shaped in fundamental ways by sexual identities. Likewise, the experiences associated with lesbian and gay identities are affected by their positions in family lives.
The Health of Aging Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in California
Research on the health of lesbian, gay and bisexual LGB adults generally overlooks the chronic conditions that are the most common health concerns of older adults. This brief presents unique population-level data on aging LGB adults ages 50—70 documenting that they have higher rates of several serious chronic physical and mental health conditions compared to similar heterosexual adults. These data indicate a need for general health care and aging services to develop programs targeted to the specific needs of aging LGB adults, and for LGB-specific programs to increase attention to the chronic conditions that are common among all older adults. The number of adults age 65 and over in both California and the nation will double over the next 30 years as the baby boom generation ages.
They attribute the changes to a variety of factors, from people knowing and interacting with someone who is LGBT, to advocacy on their behalf by high-profile public figures, to LGBT adults raising families. Most who did tell a parent say that it was difficult, but relatively few say that it damaged their relationship. The survey finds that 12 is the median age at which lesbian, gay and bisexual adults first felt they might be something other than heterosexual or straight. For those who say they now know for sure that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, that realization came at a median age of