Saturday, January 23, 2016

Social Networks of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults

This study examines global social networks-including friendship, support, and acquaintance networks-of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

Utilizing data from a large community-based study, we employ multiple regression analyses to examine correlates of social network size and diversity.

Controlling for background characteristics, network size was positively associated with being female, transgender identity, employment, higher income, having a partner or a child, identity disclosure to a neighbor, engagement in religious activities, and service use. Controlling in addition for network size, network diversity was positively associated with younger age, being female, transgender identity, identity disclosure to a friend, religious activity, and service use.

According to social capital theory, social networks provide a vehicle for social resources that can be beneficial for successful aging and well-being. This study is a first step at understanding the correlates of social network size and diversity among LGBT older adults.

Below:  Histograms of network size (up to 95th percentile) and network diversity for lesbian (n = 529), gay male (n = 1,128), bisexual (n = 94), and transgender (n = 136) individuals. Individual who reported zero network size (n = 18) are excluded.

Full article at:

1Department of Statistics and School of Social Work (, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
2University of Washington, School of Social Work, Seattle, WA, USA
3University of Washington, Tacoma, School of Social Work, Tacoma, WA, USA
Corresponding Author: Elena A. Erosheva, Department of Statistics and School of Social Work, University of Washington, Box 354320, Padelford Hall, C 14, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.  ude.notgnihsaw.tats@anele

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