Caregiving and care receiving among older lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults

Arnold H. Grossman, Anthony R. D'Augelli, Eliza A. Dragowski

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A survey research design was used to examine caregiving, care receiving, and the willingness to provide caregiving among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) older adults recruited from community groups. More than one-third reported receiving care from people other than healthcare providers in the last five years; more than two thirds provided care to other LGB adults. Those who had given care were more likely than non-caregivers to give care in the future. The gender and sexual orientation of recipients of future help affected participants' willingness to provide care, as did their education level and style of coping. Participants willing to provide care to older LGB adults perceived such experiences to be less burdensome and more personally rewarding than those who were unwilling to provide care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-38
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2007


  • Aging
  • Care receiving
  • Caregiving
  • Homosexuality
  • Older adults
  • Sexual orientation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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