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Lesbian, gay male, bisexual and transgendered elders: elder abuse and neglect issues

Author: Cook-Daniels,-Loree
Author Background:
Date 1/1/97
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Elder-Abuse-and-Neglec
Volume/Pages v. 9 no2 1997 p. 35-49
Subject Matter Gender Issues
Abstract Unfortunately, due in large measure to our society s still-pervasive social prejudice against and ignorance about sexual orientation and gender minorities, there have been few studies of this population of elders, and virtually no one has examined how this population s culture affects its experience with elder abuse. Based on the author s knowledge of this community and discussions with social workers and domestic violence specialists who serve it, these clients are likely to be more resistant than other clients to accepting services. Greater awareness of the existence and circumstances of lesbian, gay male, and transgendered elders should help protective services staff in building rapport with these clients and in getting them the services and assistance that they need.