Intergenerational Practice with Different LGBTQ Cohorts: A Strengths-Based, Affirmative Approach to Increasing Well-Being

By Justine McGovern and Mohan Vinjamuri.

Published by The International Journal of Diverse Identities

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Adopting a narrative review methodology that synthesizes relevant literature with an eye toward developing practice, this article argues for integrating intergenerational practice, an under-utilized evidence-based intervention, into social work practice to better meet needs of members of LGBTQ communities. Members of LGBTQ communities, whether older or younger, experience the intersection of multiple factors that put them at risk for health and well-being disparities when compared to their heterosexual peer group. While intergenerational programming has long been recognized as an evidence-based practice shown to have a significant positive impact on participants of all ages, few such programs target LGBTQ communities. This article identifies similarities and differences in risks and resiliencies across LGBTQ cohorts. Further, it deepens understanding of the cumulative impact of the intersection of age, sexual orientation, and group membership across the life course. Ultimately, the article explores the potential for intergenerational practice to foster resiliencies, particularly social connectedness and collective self-esteem, that support members of LGBTQ cohorts in envisioning their future selves as they want them to be and making them a reality. By articulating implications for service provision and identifying future lines of inquiry, this article contributes to strengths-based, affirmative social work practice with multigenerational members of LGBTQ communities.

Keywords: Intergenerational Practice, LGBTQ, Well-Being, Intersectionality

International Journal of Diverse Identities, Volume 16, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.11-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 16, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 678.116KB)).

Prof. Justine McGovern

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, New York, USA

Dr. Mohan Vinjamuri

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, New York, USA