The myth of 'older LGBT+' people: Research shortcomings and policy/practice implications for health/care provision

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This article explores the implications of research which takes a collectivised approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ (LGBT+) ageing and which engages in Questionable Research Practices (QRPs) in doing so. Collectivised approaches to heterogenous identity-based groups address commonalities but often fail to address internal diversity, i.e. the differences between and among older LGBT+ people. This article explores six key problems associated with collectivised research: (1) Homogenising language and phrases; (2) Uneven numerical representation of sub-groups; (3) Thematic over-representation of sexuality; (4) Non-intersectional analyses; (5) Thematic under-representation of gender; and (6) Inaccurate reporting of data. Research which does not differentiate between 'older LGBT+' sub-populations, can provide policy-makers and practitioners with inaccurate and/or misleading information, resulting in services which meet the needs of some, but not all, older LGBT+ people. This article discusses how research can become more inclusive, intersectional and reliable.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100880
Pages (from-to)100880
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Early online date11 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

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  • older
  • LGBT+
  • heterogeneity
  • Questionable Research Practices
  • healthcare
  • social care

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