© 2016

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

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

About the editors

Debra A. Harley, Ph.D., CRC, LPC, is a professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky (UK) and holds the distinction of Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor. She is past editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation Counseling and the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and is guest editor of numerous special issues of rehabilitation journals and a member of the editorial board of JRA and a reviewer for the Journal of AIDS and HIV Research and WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation. She is co-editor of a book, Contemporary Mental Health Issues Among African Americans. Professor Harley has published over 80 refereed articles and 26 book chapters in the areas of cultural diversity, gender issues, LGBT populations, substance abuse and ethics. Professor Harley has served on the certification and the accreditation boards for rehabilitation counselors and rehabilitation counselor education programs and is affiliate faculty with the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Center Research on Research on Violence Against Women and the Human Development Institute at UK.

Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior in the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky. Professor Teaster is Director of the Ohio Valley Appalachia Regional Geriatric Education Center and Director of Doctoral Studies for the College of Public Health. She directs the Kentucky Justice Center for Elders and Vulnerable Adults and serves on the editorial boards of the journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect. Professor Teaster is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for gerontology in Higher Education. She has published over 100 refereed articles and reports on aging and mistreatment, intimate partner violence of aging women and sexual abuse of older women. Professor Teaster is an affiliate faculty of the Program for Bioethics and the Center Research on Research on Violence Against Women.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of LGBT Elders
  • Book Subtitle An Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies
  • Editors Debra A. Harley
    Pamela B. Teaster
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-03622-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37141-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-03623-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 691
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Work
    Public Health
    Psychotherapy and Counseling
    Social Policy
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