Generativity among LGBT older adults
Bower, Kyle Lee
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This research project answers a call to understand more about how societal structures influence the lives of LGBT older adults and addresses the need for recognizing the individuality that exists within this broad LGBT older population. In order to understand who LGBT individuals are in old age, we must first understand the cohort they belong to, as one’s past, present, and future are all components of identity—i.e. who we were, who we are, and who we hope to be. In addition, past experiences provide important contexts for present decisions and future generativity. To explain social influences, I am exploring the meaning of generativity within the context of historical, individual, familial, and relational culture. By addressing the cultural context of social influences I was able to discern the individuality that constitutes the LGBT population.