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J Aging Health. 2015 Apr;27(3):432-53. doi: 10.1177/0898264314551332. Epub 2014 Sep 23.

Disparities in health and disability among older adults in same-sex cohabiting relationships.

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1
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA gonza440@umn.edu.
2
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The present study compared indicators of impaired health and disability between older adults in same-sex cohabiting relationships and their peers in opposite-sex cohabiting relationships.

METHOD:

Data were obtained on men (n = 698) and women (n = 630) aged 50 years and older and in self-reported same-sex relationships from the National Health Interview Survey. Multiple regression analyses were conducted to estimate differences in physical health, mental health, and disability status.

RESULTS:

Compared with their peers in married opposite-sex relationships, older men in same-sex relationships exhibited greater odds of psychological distress, and older women in same-sex relationships experienced elevated odds of poor/fair health, needing help with activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, functional limitations, and psychological distress.

DISCUSSION:

This study adds to the limited information on health and disability among older lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. As this population grows, gerontologists must develop a better understanding of the unique issues and challenges facing them and their families.

KEYWORDS:

and bisexual (LGB); discrimination; gay; lesbian; minority health; stigma

PMID:
25253727
PMCID:
PMC4368471
DOI:
10.1177/0898264314551332
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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