Handbook of LGBT Elders

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies

  • Debra A. Harley
  • Pamela B. Teaster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Foundations of Aging and Sexual Identities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pamela B. Teaster, John T. White, Sujee Kim
      Pages 27-42
    3. Katherine R. Allen, Karen A. Roberto
      Pages 43-64
    4. Tracy Robinson-Wood, Amanda Weber
      Pages 65-81
  3. Multicultural, International, and Select Populations of LGBT Elders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Debra A. Harley
      Pages 105-134
    3. Melanie D. Otis
      Pages 177-198
    4. Debra A. Harley
      Pages 199-222
    5. Thomas W. Miller
      Pages 223-238
    6. Tina Maschi, Jo Rees, Eileen Klein, Ron Levine
      Pages 239-259
    7. Amanda E. Sokan, Tracy Davis
      Pages 261-284
    8. Loree Cook-Daniels
      Pages 285-308
    9. William E. Burleson
      Pages 309-321
  4. Mistreatment and Victimization of Older LGBT Persons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Amanda E. Sokan, Pamela B. Teaster
      Pages 325-341
    3. Pamela B. Teaster, Amanda E. Sokan
      Pages 343-357
  5. Health Care and Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
    2. Debra A. Harley
      Pages 375-389
    3. David Godfrey
      Pages 439-454
    4. Tracey L. Gendron, Terrie Pendleton, John T. White
      Pages 455-471
    5. Debra A. Harley, Michael T. Hancock
      Pages 473-490
  6. Family and Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. Brian McNaught
      Pages 545-550
    3. Debra A. Harley, Pamela B. Teaster
      Pages 551-562
    4. Debra A. Harley, Linda Gassaway, Lisa Dunkley
      Pages 563-581
  7. Counseling and Human Services Delivery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 583-583
    2. Steven D. Johnson, Anthony Fluty Jr.
      Pages 585-600
    3. Robert Espinoza
      Pages 601-618
  8. Conclusion

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 685-691

About this book


This groundbreaking resource presents a wealth of findings and perspectives previously unseen in the LGBT literature. Its focus on psychological, sociopolitical, and care delivery issues affecting LGBT elders reveals both the nuanced interplay between diverse sources of identity and multiple sources of stigma and discrimination.


Specific chapters highlight challenges and resiliencies impacting subpopulations (e.g., racial groups, veterans, immigrants), examine employment and advocacy issues, discuss later-life concerns in context, and offer guidelines for relevant, ethical practice. Contributors represent a wide range of fields from psychiatry and gerontology to public health and public policy, reflecting the scope and needs of this diverse and complex population.


Among the topics in the Handbook:


  • Family relationships of older LGBT adults.
  • The intersection of identities: race, age, sexuality, and care network.
  • Bisexuality: an invisible community among LGBT elders.
  • Implications of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
  • No money, no work, and you're old.
  • Disabilities among LGBT elders: responses of medicine, public health, rehabilitation, and social work.


Handbook of LGBT Elders is an essential reference for mental health professionals, psychologists, and social workers who work with the LGBT community and the elderly, as well as researchers interested in the LGBT community and aging.


LGBT Elders Older LGBT Adults Sexual Identity Social Work Theories and Practices Theories on Public Health and Practice Theories on Sexual Identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Debra A. Harley
    • 1
  • Pamela B. Teaster
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03622-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03623-6
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