Coming out narratives of older gay men living in New Zealand

Neville, Stephen, Kushner, Bernie and Adams, Jeffery (2015) Coming out narratives of older gay men living in New Zealand. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 34 S2: 29-33. doi:10.1111/ajag.12277

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Author Neville, Stephen
Kushner, Bernie
Adams, Jeffery
Title Coming out narratives of older gay men living in New Zealand
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
Publication date 2015-10
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajag.12277
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue S2
Start page 29
End page 33
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Explore the coming out narratives in a group of older gay men.

A narrative gerontological approach was employed to explore the coming out narratives of older gay men. Semi-structured digitally recorded individual interviews were undertaken with 12 gay men aged between 65 and 81 years who lived in the community. Data were analysed using a narrative data analytic process.

Three collective narratives related to the coming out of older gay men were identified: ‘early gay experiences’, ‘trying not to be gay’ and ‘acceptance’.

Older gay men come from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. However, they all grew up in an era where same-sex attraction was a criminal offence. The path to accepting being a gay man was individualised and stressful for these participants. Consequently health and social service providers need to support the ongoing development of resilience and provide a person-centred approach to care that promotes wellbeing.
Keyword Gay
Older gay men
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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