Social Networks of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults
Purpose This study examines global social networksâ€”including friendship, support, and acquaintance networksâ€”of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Design and Methods Utilizing data from a large community-based study, we employ multiple regression analyses to examine correlates of social network size and diversity. Results Controlling for background characteristics, network size was positively associated with being female, transgender identity, employment, higher income, having a partner or a child, identity disclosure to a neighbor, engagement in religious activities, and service use. Controlling in addition for network size, network diversity was positively associated with younger age, being female, transgender identity, identity disclosure to a friend, religious activity, and service use. Implications According to social capital theory, social networks provide a vehicle for social resources that can be beneficial for successful aging and well-being. This study is a first step at understanding the correlates of social network size and diversity among LGBT older adults.
Research on Aging
Erosheva, Elena A.; Kim, Hyun-Jun; Emlet, Charles A.; and Fredriksen-Goldsen, Karen I., "Social Networks of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults" (2016). Social Work Publications. 116.