Gay and Lesbian Aging: Research and Future Directions

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The year 2003 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark "declassification" of homosexuality as a disease by the American Psychiatric Association--a watershed in the lives of gays and lesbians in the United States. For the first time in history, a generation of self-identified lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals are approaching retirement. This volume brings to the forefront important issues concerning the health, mental health, and concomitant special social service needs of this population and emphasizes the need for more research on aging sexual minorities.

Based on empirical and qualitative research methods, chapters focus on the myriad issues of aging for lesbians and gay men including:

  • Social and Cultural Considerations about HIV Among Midlife and Older Gay Men
  • Psychological Well-Being in Midlife Older Gay Men
  • Well-Being Among Middle-Aged and Older Single Gay Men
  • Lesbian Friendships at and Beyond Midlife

Contributors include Judith Barker, Jacqueline Weinstock, Bertram Cohler, and Doug Kimmel, among others.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826122346
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/17/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gilbert Herdt, PhD, is Director of the National Sexuality Resource Center, and Professor and Director of Human Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University.

A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Herdt worked in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, on which his first book, Guardians of the Flutes (nominated for the National Book Award) and a subsequent BBC film were based. Dr. Herdt was previously on the faculty at Stanford University, and was a professor and chair of the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago.

The recipient of many awards and honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and NIHM Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Ruth Benedict Prize in Anthropology, Herdt has written and edited more than 25 books and 100 journal articles, chapters, monographs, and reports.

Brian de Vries, PhD, is Professor and Director of Gerontology at San Francisco State University and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston.

Dr. de Vries is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America; he is a founding member and former chair of the Interest Group of Death, Dying, Bereavement and Widowhood and a founding member of the Interest Group on Reminiscence and Life Review. He is Associate Editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development and has served as Guest Editor of two special issues on Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (1977) and Guest Co-Editor of Generations (2001), the journal of the American Society on Aging.

Dr. de Vries has also edited Kinship Bereavement in Later Life; End of Life Issues: Interdisciplinary and Multidimensional Perspectives (Springer 1999); and Narrative Gerontology: Theory, Research and Practice (co-edited with G. Kenyon and P. Clark, Springer Publishing, 2001).

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Table of Contents

  1. Gay and Lesbian Aging: An Introduction, G. Herdt and B. de Vries
    Section I: Setting the Stage
  2. The Study of Gay and Lesbian Aging: Lessons for Social Gerontology, B. de Vries and J.A. Blando
  3. Lesbian Aging: An Agenda for Social Research, J. Barker
  4. From A Far Place: Social and Cultural Considerations About HIV Among Midlife and Older Gay Men, E.M. Gorman and K. Nelson

  5. Section II: Empirical Contributions
  6. Psychological Well-Being in Midlife Older Gay Men, R. Kertzner, I. Meyer, and C. Dolezal
  7. Disclosure and Depression Among Older Gay and Homosexual Men: Findings from the Urban Men’s Health Study, T. Rawls
  8. Old, Gay, and Alone? The Ecology of Well-Being Among Middle-Aged and Older Single Gay Men, A. Hostetler
  9. Lesbian Friendships at and Beyond Midlife: Patterns and Possibilities for the 21st Century, J.S. Weinstock
  10. Saturday Night at the Tubs: Age and Cohort and Social Life at the Urban Gay Bath, B. Cohler
  11. Narrating Past Experience and Present Concerns: Older Gay Men in Norway, H. Kristiansen

  12. Section III: Future Directions
  13. Issues to Consider in Studies of Midlife and Older Sexual Minorities, D. Kimmel
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