Aging well and gay in rural America: a case study.


Using person-environment-fit theory as a theoretical framework, this qualitative case study examined, through in-depth interviews and thematic analysis, the lived experience of an older gay man who has lived solely in rural communities. An overarching theme of life satisfaction clearly emerged, along with themes regarding supportive social networks and disclosure management of his sexual orientation. The findings suggest that although it is important to understand the challenges faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in rural environments, it is equally important to shed light on the ways in which older adults age well within these communities.

DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2012.754813

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@article{Rowan2013AgingWA, title={Aging well and gay in rural America: a case study.}, author={Noell L Rowan and Nancy Giunta and Ellen S Grudowski and Keith A Anderson}, journal={Journal of gerontological social work}, year={2013}, volume={56 3}, pages={185-200} }