Adaptation and Age-Related Expectations of Older Gay and Lesbian Adults

Jean K. Quam, Gary S. Whitford

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Results from a study of lesbian women and gay men in the Midwest over the age of 50, who indicate high levels of involvement in the gay community, provide a picture of the aging process of these adults that builds on previous research efforts. Respondents reported acceptance of the aging process, and high levels of life satisfaction, despite predictable problems associated with aging and sexual orientation. Being active in the gay community was an asset to accepting one’s own aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-374
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1992

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  • Homosexuality and aging
  • Social support


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