Document Type

Article - post-print

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

With the exception of HIV care, informal caregiving of chronically ill lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults has received very limited attention in the extensive caregiving literature. This article reports on research that considered the social context of care and a dyadic caregiving approach for 36 chronically ill LGB adults ages 50 and older and their informal caregivers. In this study, both discrimination and relationship quality were associated with depression among chronically ill LGB adults and their caregivers. Furthermore, preliminary findings suggested that relationship quality moderates the impact of discrimination as a risk factor for depression in chronically ill LGB adults. The authors discuss the implications of these findings for social policy and future research. Given the changing demographics in the United States with the aging of the baby boomers, as well as an increase in chronic illness, fostering better understanding of caregiving across diverse sexualities and families is critical.

Publisher Statement

This is an author-manuscript of an article accepted for publication in Sexuality Research & Social Policy following peer review. The version of record is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1525/srsp.2009.6.4.52

Recommended Citation

Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Kim, H.-J., Muraco, A., & Mincer, S. (2009). Chronically Ill Midlife and Older Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals and Their Informal Caregivers: The Impact of the Social Context. Sexuality Research & Social Policy : Journal of NSRC : SR & SP, 6(4), 52–64. http://doi.org/10.1525/srsp.2009.6.4.52

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