Aspects of mental health among older lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults

Anthony Raymond D'Augelli, A. H. Grossman, S. L. Hershberger, T. S. O'Connell

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Abstract

This study examined aspects of mental health among 416 lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults aged 60 to 91 years old, attending social and recreational programs. Mental health indicators were perceived mental health status; self-esteem; internalized homophobia; loneliness; alcohol and drug abuse; and suicidality. Better mental health was correlated with higher self-esteem, less loneliness, and lower internalized homophobia. Compared to women, men reported significantly more internalized homophobia, alcohol abuse, and suicidality related to their sexual orientation. Less lifetime suicidal ideation was associated with lower internalized homophobia, less loneliness, and more people knowing about participants' sexual orientation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-158
Number of pages10
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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Homophobia
Loneliness
Mental Health
Self Concept
Sexual Behavior
Alcoholism
Suicidal Ideation
Health Status
Substance-Related Disorders
Sexual Minorities

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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D'Augelli, A. R., Grossman, A. H., Hershberger, S. L., & O'Connell, T. S. (2001). Aspects of mental health among older lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. Aging and Mental Health, 5(2), 149-158. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607860120038366
D'Augelli, Anthony Raymond ; Grossman, A. H. ; Hershberger, S. L. ; O'Connell, T. S. / Aspects of mental health among older lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. In: Aging and Mental Health. 2001 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 149-158.
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Aspects of mental health among older lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. / D'Augelli, Anthony Raymond; Grossman, A. H.; Hershberger, S. L.; O'Connell, T. S.

In: Aging and Mental Health, Vol. 5, No. 2, 01.01.2001, p. 149-158.

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