The mental health needs and concerns of older people who identify as LGBTQ+: A narrative review of the international evidence

Translated title of the contribution: 被认定为LGBTQ的老年人心理健康需求和担忧:国际证据的叙述性综述

Edward McCann*, Michael John Brown

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Aims: To synthesize the best available evidence on the experiences and perceptions of older people who identify as LGBTQ + regarding their mental health needs and concerns. Design: A narrative review and critical appraisal of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies. Data sources: A systematic search was undertaken across all of the databases including PsycINFO, MEDLINE, CINAHL, and Sociological Abstracts. International studies published in academic journals in the English language, from January 1995 - January 2019 were appraised. Studies had to involve older people identifying as LGBTQ + and who had experiences mental health issues. Review methods: Fourteen papers were selected for inclusion in the systematic review. A narrative analysis of the papers was used by synthesizing the key findings and organizing them into themes and concepts. Results: Following analysis of the data, the identified themes were: (a) LGBTQ + identity issues (b) risk and vulnerability factors, (c) coping strategies and resilience, (d) interventions and supports. Conclusion: This review highlights key mental health-related issues that need to be taken into account in the creation and provision of appropriate, responsive and inclusive supports and services. Impact: What were the main findings? Some older people who identify as LGBTQ + have experienced stigma, discrimination, and minority stress. However, many have developed coping strategies and resilience while others have developed mental health issues. It is necessary to have in place appropriate interventions and supports to effectively meet the needs of this population. Where and on whom will the research have impact? The review has significant implications for health and nursing policy and inform developments in nursing practice and nurse education.

Translated title of the contribution被认定为LGBTQ的老年人心理健康需求和担忧:国际证据的叙述性综述
Original languageChinese
Pages (from-to)3390-3403
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of advanced nursing
Issue number12
Early online date05 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2019


  • ageing
  • bisexual
  • gay
  • lesbian
  • mental health
  • nursing
  • older people
  • questioning
  • seniors
  • transgender

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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