Social Support in Older Transgender and Gender Diverse Communities in the United Kingdom and Australia: A Comparative Study During COVID-19

Toze, Michael, Gates, Trevor G, Hughes, Mark , Dune, Tinashe, Westwood, Sue, Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Thepsourinthone, Jack (2022) Social Support in Older Transgender and Gender Diverse Communities in the United Kingdom and Australia: A Comparative Study During COVID-19. Journal of Gerontological Social Work . ISSN 0163-4372

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01634372.2022.2107135

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Abstract

While the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older people has been recognized, there is limited understanding of its impact on older trans and gender diverse people who often have different experiences of care and support than the general population. This article examines older transgender and gender diverse people’s experience of social support during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on a comparative mixed method survey administered in Australia and the United Kingdom. Using a non-probability sample of 84 participants who were connected to social media and service organizations in the United Kingdom and Australia, we found some commonalities and differences between experiences in these countries. Some participants were isolated, including almost 1 in 5 respondents who said that they did not have someone they could call upon in an emergency. However, participants had rich networks of friends, partners, and family members. Community and faith-based organizations were also critical. Friends were reported as the main emergency contacts and as the main people to whom support is provided. This research supports previous findings that friends of transgender people play an important role in well-being.

Keywords:social networks, transgender, gender diverse, friendships, Older Adults, COVID-19
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B990 Subjects Allied to Medicine not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > Lincoln Medical School
ID Code:50335
Deposited On:08 Aug 2022 15:05

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