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Older Bisexual People: Implications For Social Work From The ‘Looking Both Ways’ Study

Jones, Rebecca; Almack, Kathryn and Scicluna, Rachael (2018). Older Bisexual People: Implications For Social Work From The ‘Looking Both Ways’ Study. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(3) pp. 334–347.

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Abstract

There is a growing social work literature about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older people. However, research and guidance are predominantly based on the experiences of older gay men and, to a lesser extent, older lesbians. There is little to help practitioners work with older bisexual people. The Looking Both Ways study aimed to contribute to this gap in knowledge. We undertook in-depth purposely-sampled qualitative interviews with 12 people aged over 50, all of whom have bisexual relationship histories and half of whom also currently identify as bisexual. There were three main findings. Firstly, biphobia (prejudice against bisexual people) impacts on older people with bisexual histories in ways that may affect their wellbeing in later life. Secondly, concerns around receiving care are similar in some ways and different in others from the concerns of lesbians and gay men. Thirdly, people with bisexual relationship histories may have developed strong support networks and resilience, factors that may be very beneficial in later life. Three recommendations for social work professionals were identified: 1) understand biphobia, 2) recognise the legitimacy of concerns about receiving care, and 3) ask about support networks rather than assuming family support.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN: 1540-4048
Keywords: bisexuality; ageing; social work; biphobia; LGBT; gerontological social work
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 53071
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2018 09:22
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2019 21:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/53071
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