Midlife and Older LGBT Adults: Knowledge and Affirmative Practice for the Social Services

1st Edition

Ski Hunter

Routledge
Published April 20, 2005
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9780789018366 - CAT# HW14540

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Summary

Gain insight into the various practice issues that arise when working with midlife and older LGBT persons!

Take a unique look at the lives of midlife and older LGBT persons in Midlife and Older LGBT Adults. This book reviews various life arenas in which midlife and older LGBT persons exist and the problems with which they cope. It addresses the lives of this group—from their sexual identities to their family and work situations. The book includes research-based knowledge on issues such as coming out, disclosure, education, work, family, general positives and negatives, and more.

Not only does this book discuss the lifestyles of individuals in this group, but it also includes how social services professionals can respond to their needs in an affirmative way. The book provides an overview of practice issues with midlife and older LGBT persons to help social workers and other human services workers treat individuals in this group more effectively. It also identifies changes in diagnostics, treatments, and human services. The book presents numerous studies involving midlife and older LGBT persons and an extensive reference list for further information.

In Midlife and Older LGBT Adults you’ll learn how to help individuals in this group deal with:
  • coming out—the positives and the negatives
  • disclosure to different audiences
  • benefits of community involvement and participation
  • family lives including friends and significant others
  • transitions and downturns
  • HIV/AIDS
  • victimization, loneliness, loss
  • and much more!
This book will appeal to any social services professional interested in or working with individuals in this population. It serves as a useful resource for human services workers and administrators by outlining practice issues. It is also suitable as a textbook for students in courses on adult development and aging. Midlife and older LGBT persons will find this book to be an engaging look at the lives of their peers. Make this one-of-a-kind book part of your collection!

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