Title

Predictors of Mind-Body Therapy Use among Sexual Minority Older Adults

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-15-2021

Publication Title

Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Volume

27

Issue

4

First page number:

352

Last page number:

359

Abstract

Introduction: Sexual minority (SM; lesbian, gay, bisexual) older adults age 50+ experience a higher prevalence of chronic disease and disability, as well as a poorer physical and mental health status, compared with their heterosexual peers. Many adults use complementary and integrative therapies, particularly mind-body therapies, as health-enhancing approaches and to support well-being. However, no study to date has examined the use of mind-body therapies among SM older adults. Materials and Methods: Data were from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey. Descriptive and summary statistics were calculated to describe use of mind-body therapies by SM older adults (aged 50+). The authors also tested associations between use of mind-body therapies and health and well-being among SM older adults and compared associations with their non-SM counterparts. Results: SM older adults reported higher usage (36%) of mind-body therapies compared with heterosexual adults (22%), with lesbian women reporting the highest use (39.4%). Having a SM identity was associated with mind-body therapy use; SM older adults were 57% more likely to use a mind-body therapy. Conclusion: Mind-body therapies may be a useful tool for SM older adults to enhance their health and well-being. Future qualitative research is needed to investigate more deeply the reasons SM older adults use mind-body therapies. To advance the health and well-being of SM older adults, the authors also need intervention studies that explore the effectiveness of mind-body interventions and the possible need for tailoring these to the unique needs of this population.

Keywords

Complementary integrative medicine; LGB; Mind-body

Disciplines

Movement and Mind-Body Therapies

Language

English

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