1st Edition

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging The Role of Gerontological Social Work

Edited By Noell Rowan, Nancy Giunta Copyright 2015
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited collection emphasizes the role of social work practice and research related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) aging. It highlights LGBT aging from a gerontological social work perspective by incorporating key values of the profession such as cultural competence, dignity, strengths, and resilience of the population while it offers an important contribution to the body of knowledge to the interdisciplinary field of aging.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

    1. Introduction: Building Capacity in Gerontological Social Work for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults and Their Loved Ones Noell L. Rowan and Nancy Giunta

    2. Creating a Vision for the Future: Key Competencies and Strategies for Culturally Competent Practice With Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults in the Health and Human Services Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen, Charles P. Hoy-Ellis, Jayn Goldsen, Charles A. Emlet, and Nancy R. Hooyman

    3. Same-Sex Sexual Relationships in the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project: Making a Case for Data Collection Maria T. Brown and Brian R. Grossman

    4. Hidden or Uninvited? A Content Analysis of Elder LGBT of Color Literature in Gerontology Laurens G. Van Sluytman and Denise Torres

    5. Gender Transitions in Later Life: The Significance of Time in Queer Aging Vanessa D. Fabbre

    6. Resilience in Attaining and Sustaining Sobriety Among Older Lesbians With Alcoholism Noell L. Rowan and Sandra S. Butler

    7. Broadening Definitions of Family for Older Lesbians: Modifying the Lubben Social Network Scale Marcena L. Gabrielson and Ezra C. Holston

    8. GayBy Boomers’ Social Support: Exploring the Connection Between Health and Emotional and Instrumental Support in Older Gay Men Jesus Ramirez-Valles, Jessica Dirkes, and Hope A. Barrett

    9. Acceptance in the Domestic Environment: The Experience of Senior Housing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Seniors Kathleen M. Sullivan

    10. The Highs and Lows of Caregiving for Chronically Ill Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Elders Anna Muraco and Karen I. Fredriksen-Goldsen

    11. Older Lesbians and Bereavement: Experiencing the Loss of a Partner Carol L. Jenkins, Amanda Edmundson, Paige Averett, and Intae Yoon

    12. Developing Understanding of Same-Sex Partner Bereavement for Older Lesbian and Gay People: Implications for Social Work Practice Lee-Ann Fenge

    13. Assessing Capacity for Providing Culturally Competent Services to LGBT Older Adults Jennifer Dickman Portz, Jessica H. Retrum, Leslie A. Wright, Jennifer M. Boggs, Shari Wilkins, Cathy Grimm, Kay Gilchrist, and Wendolyn S. Gozansky

    14. Working With LGBT Older Adults: An Assessment of Employee Training Practices, Needs, and Preferences of Senior Service Organizations in Minnesota Rajean P. Moone, John G. Cagle, Catherine F. Croghan, and Jennifer Smith

    15. Assessing the Efficacy of LGBT Cultural Competency Training for Aging Services Providers in California’s Central Valley Valerie L. Leyva, Elizabeth M. Breshears, and Robin Ringstad

    16. "I Want to Know More About Who We Are": New Directions for Research With Older Lesbians Paige Averett, Ashley Robinson, Carol Jenkins, and Intae Yoon

    17. Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Understanding the Pervasive Needs of Older LGBT Adults and the Value of Social Work in Health Care Shiloh D. Erdley, Donald D. Anklam, and Christina C. Reardon

    18. "They Just Don’t Have a Clue": Transgender Aging and Implications for Social Work Anna Siverskog

    19. The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Provides Critical Training to Aging Service Providers Hilary Meyer and Tim R. Johnston

    20. Film Review: Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic in the Tenderloin, by Mark Freeman Reviewed by Debra Sheets


    Nancy Giunta is a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York, USA. Her research explores collaborative interventions to improve culturally competent services for elders in community settings.

    Noell L. Rowan is a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, Associate Professor, and Coordinator of BSW Program at the School of Social Work, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA. Her research focuses on LGBT populations and the intersection with aging and mental health and addiction, resiliency and quality of life.