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A preliminary model of health regarding sexual and ethnic minority older adults.

Authors
  • Laganá, Luciana1
  • Balian, Ovsanna A2
  • Nakhla, Marina Z3
  • Zizumbo, Juan1
  • Greenberg, Shayna1
  • 1 Department of Psychology, California State University Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
  • 2 Doctoral Program in Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA.
  • 3 Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego (SDSU/UCSD), San Diego, CA, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Culture, health & sexuality
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2021
Volume
23
Issue
3
Pages
333–348
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1710566
PMID: 32133922
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Older individuals with sexual/gender minority and minority racial/ethnic identities typically face unique challenges, along with opportunities to overcome these obstacles. Published studies on the difficulties faced by sexual and gender minorities are available; however, research on older adults with both racial/ethnic minority and sexual and gender minority identities is rarer. These individuals must confront various forms of discrimination related to ageism, homophobia and racism. Resilience likely plays a role in the ability to manage and survive multiple challenges and discriminatory experiences, yet targeted research on these populations is lacking. This paper offers a preliminary model that incorporates prevalent threats to these populations' well-being and their deleterious psychosocial correlates, especially, whenever available, the unique challenges that older individuals must face when age, sexual orientation and race/ethnicity intersect. Recommendations are made to optimise the expansion and empirical testing of this preliminary model.

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