Same-Sex Sexual Relationships in the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project: Making a Case for Data Collection

Maria T. Brown, Brian R. Grossman

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Abstract

This study describes the previously unexplored subsample of respondents who reported at least 1 same-sex sexual relationship (SSSR) in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP). The NSHAP collected data from 3,005 adults (aged 57-85). Approximately 4% (n = 102) of respondents reported at least one SSSR. These sexual minority elders were younger, more educated, were more likely to be working, had fewer social supports, and better physical health. Results may indicate crisis competence in sexual minority elders. Collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data in larger, US-based probability samples would inform the development of appropriate community-based services and supports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)108-129
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume57
Issue number2-4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • LGBT
  • aging
  • disparities
  • outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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