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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older people in Ireland: Mental health issues

McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204, Sharek, D., Higgins, A. , Sheerin, F. & Glacken, M. (2013). Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older people in Ireland: Mental health issues. Aging and Mental Health, 17(3), pp. 358-365. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2012.751583

Abstract

International policy initiatives have highlighted the need to include older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in the provision of appropriate health and social care. However, empirical studies in the area remain sparse. The aim of this study was to investigate the experiences and needs of LGBT people over the age of 55 years living in Ireland and this article reports on specific mental health issues. Mixed methods were used involving 144 surveys and 36 semi-structured in-depth interviews. The findings revealed that a significant number of the survey respondents had experienced a mental health problem at some point in their lives with interview participants providing further details of their concerns. It is recommended that policy makers address the mental health needs of older LGBT people in future strategic directives and develop standards of care that support the principles of equality, inclusion and respect for diversity.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Aging and Mental Health on 17 Jan 2013, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2012.751583
Publisher Keywords: agein, gmental health, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
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