Alternative Lifestyles

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 207–229 | Cite as

The older lesbian

Love relationships and friendship patterns
  • Sharon M. Raphael
  • Mina K. Robinson


This research uncovers a pattern of support and the existence of a relationship network that runs strongly counter to the stereotyped view that lesbians in later life find themselves friendless and without support. The hypothesis that the older lesbian has developed friendship networks to replace missing or weak kin ties is substantiated. The findings are based on 20 in-depth, structured interviews with lesbians whose ages range from 50 to 73.


Social Policy Social Issue Structure Interview Relationship Network Friendship Network 
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© Sage Publications, Inc. 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharon M. Raphael
    • 1
  • Mina K. Robinson
    • 1
  1. 1.California State UniversityUSA

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