Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society

Arnold Grossman, John A. Frank, Michael J. McCutcheon

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Abstract

This chapter examines more than thirty years of research about lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) older adults. Although it provides a significant portrait of the lives of groups of LGB older adults, it also demonstrates the substantial gaps in our knowledge. Many of the studies address areas of concern related to cohort and period effects, however, none of them directly assesses how the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors of LGB older adults are directly affected by the historical changes that have occurred, such as the depathologizing of homosexuality, the decriminalizing of sexual behaviors, the ability to obtain a civil union in some locales, the availability of same-sex marriage, and the existence of several retirement communities for nonheterosexual people. These and similar topics need to be addressed in future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199979585, 9780199765218
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 24 2013

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Sexual Behavior
Sexual Minorities
Cohort Effect
Aptitude
Retirement
Homosexuality
Marriage
Emotions
Research

Keywords

  • Bisexuals
  • Civil unions
  • Gays
  • Homosexuality
  • Lesbians
  • Older adults
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Sexual behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Grossman, A., Frank, J. A., & McCutcheon, M. J. (2013). Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society. In Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0010

Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society. / Grossman, Arnold; Frank, John A.; McCutcheon, Michael J.

Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation. Oxford University Press, 2013.

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Grossman, A, Frank, JA & McCutcheon, MJ 2013, Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society. in Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0010
Grossman A, Frank JA, McCutcheon MJ. Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society. In Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation. Oxford University Press. 2013 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.003.0010
Grossman, Arnold ; Frank, John A. ; McCutcheon, Michael J. / Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society. Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation. Oxford University Press, 2013.
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