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Transitions, subjective age, wellness, and life satisfaction: A comparison between lesbians and heterosexual women in midlife

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jane E. Myers, Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: A study of 221 midlife women, 35 to 65 years of age, was conducted to explore the relationships among transitions, subjective age, wellness, and life satisfaction for lesbian (n = 81), bisexual (n = 14), and heterosexual women (n = 126). Although the sample of bisexual women was too small to permit valid statistical analyses for this group, it is note-worthy that experiencing physical signs of aging was the most frequently experienced transition by all groups. Entry into a committed relationship was the second most frequently experienced transition by the lesbian participants, and entry into perimenopause was the second most common for heterosexuals. Lesbians whose subjective age was less than or equal to their chronological age reported greater wellness, and total wellness was a significant predictor of their life satisfaction. These findings suggest that all women experience midlife as a time of change and development, and lesbian women face specific challenges that require coping to maintain a sense of well-being during the midlife years.

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Publication
Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 1(2), 21-44
Language: English
Date: 2006
Keywords
Midlife, women and transition, wellness, life satisfaction, sexual orientation and midlife transition, subjective age