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Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation$
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Charlotte J. Patterson and Anthony R. D'Augelli

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199765218

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199765218.001.0001

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Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society

Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society

(p.132) 10 Sexual Orientation and Aging in Western Society
Handbook of Psychology and Sexual Orientation

Arnold H. Grossman

John A. Frank

Michael J. McCutcheon

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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.

Keywords:   lesbians, gays, bisexuals, older adults, homosexuality, sexual behavior, civil unions, same-sex marriage

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