Domestic Harm and Neglect Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Older Adults

Arnold H. Grossman, John A. Frank, Matthew J. Graziano, David R. Narozniak, Gregory Mendelson, Danny El Hassan, Enzo S. Patouhas

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This study examined harm, hurt, and neglect by caregivers as well as self-neglect and physical and mental health status among 113 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) older adults aged 60–88 years, who attended community-based social and recreation programs or groups in the United States. Reporting on their experiences with caregivers, 22.1% of the participants experienced at least one type of harm, including physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, financial, and neglectful; additionally, 25.7% of the participants reported they knew LGB older adults who experienced at least one type of harm from his or her caregiver. With regard to self-neglect, 62.8% reported experiencing it; those indicating positive psychological health reported fewer experiences with self-neglect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1649-1666
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014


  • abuse
  • bisexual
  • gay
  • harm
  • lesbian
  • neglect
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • General Psychology


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