Do the companionship and community networks of older LGBT adults compensate for weaker kinship networks?

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

Author

Marcus Green

Publication date

Summary


Purpose
This paper compares the supportive capacity of social networks of older LGBT and heterosexual adults using data from Understanding Society. The principal research objective is to discern whether the companionship and community networks of older LGBT adults compensate for weaker kinship networks.
Design/methodology/approach
Understanding Society has data on the frequency of interaction with and proximity to family, friends and the wider community to quantify supportive capacity. Bivariate analyses reveal similarities and differences in network supportive capacity between older LGBT and heterosexual adults.
Findings
The study finds that older LGBT adults have significantly weaker kinship networks than do older heterosexual adults. Further to this, the companionship and community networks of older LGBT adults do not compensate for weaker kinship networks.
Originality/value
This study contributes evidence to an underresearched area of social network analysis. Little research has explored the social networks of older LGBT adults compared with older heterosexual adults; specifically the supportive network capacity of different types of network.

Volume and page numbers

17, 36-49

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-07-2015-0032

ISSN

16

Subjects

Social Groups, Older People, Social Networks and Social Behaviour

Notes

Not held in Research Library - bibliographic reference only