Moving Toward a Holistic Conceptual Framework for Understanding Healthy Aging Among Gay Men

Perry N. Halkitis, Farzana Kapadia, Danielle C. Ompad, Rafael Perez-Figueroa

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In the last four decades, we have witnessed vast and important transitions in the social, economic, political, and health contexts of the lived experiences of gay men in the United States. This dynamic period, as evidenced most prominently by the transition of the gay rights movement to a civil rights movement, has shifted the exploration of gay men’s health from one focusing primarily on HIV/AIDS into a mainstream consideration of the overall health and wellbeing of gay men. Against this backdrop, aging gay men in the United States constitute a growing population, for whom further investigations of health states and health-related disparities are warranted. In order to advance our understanding of the health and wellbeing of aging gay men, we outline here a multilevel, ecosocial conceptual framework that integrates salient environmental, social, psychosocial, and sociodeomgraphic factors into sets of macro-, meso-, and micro-level constructs that can be applied to comprehensively study health states and health care utilization in older gay men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)571-587
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 4 2015


  • aging
  • ecosocial
  • gay men
  • health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • General Psychology


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