An Agentic Familiarity: The Context of HIV/AIDS and Sexual Orientation for Older Canadians during the COVID-19 Pandemic

dc.contributor.authorde Vries, Brian
dc.contributor.authorGutman, Gloria
dc.contributor.authorBeringer, Robert
dc.contributor.authorGill, Paneet
dc.contributor.authorKarbakhsh, Mojgan
dc.date.accessioned2023-12-13T17:30:32Z
dc.date.available2023-12-13T17:30:32Z
dc.date.copyright2023en_US
dc.date.issued2023
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines how experiences with a previous pandemic, particularly HIV/AIDS, may have informed approaches to COVID-19, with a focus on sexual orientation. Method: The sample was drawn from an online survey of Canadians 55+ conducted in 2020, comprising 1143 persons (mean age = 67; 88 gay or bisexual (GB) men, 65 lesbian or bisexual (LB) women, 818 heterosexual women, and 172 heterosexual men). Respondents reported if they, or someone close to them, “had been affected by” one or more pandemics and whether COVID-19 led them to “think more about their prior epidemic/pandemic experiences” and/or feel they “couldn’t handle it again”. Correlated items reflecting feeling “they have been here before”; “prepared for what is happening”; and “like they needed to act or do something” formed a scale named “agentic familiarity”. Results: About half of respondents reported thinking about their previous pandemic experience; about 5% reporting feeling like “they couldn’t handle it again” with no gender or sexual orientation differences. Higher agentic familiarity scores were found for GB men and for those with experience with HIV/AIDS vs. other pandemics. Discussion: These outcomes speak to resilience and growth experienced by LGBT (and especially GB) persons through shared stigma and trauma—with implications for current pandemic experiences and future actions, like advance care planning.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelFacultyen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study is part of a larger project (iCAN-ACP) funded by a grant from the Canadian Frailty Network (TG2015-03) (formerly Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network), which is supported by the Government of Canada through the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program.en_US
dc.identifier.citationde Vries, B., Gutman, G., Beringer, R., Gill, P., & Karbakhsh, M. (2023). An agentic familiarity: The context of HIV/AIDS and sexual orientation for older Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare, 11(21), 2869. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11212869en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11212869
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/15698
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherHealthcareen_US
dc.rightsAttribution 2.5 Canada*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ca/*
dc.subjectCOVID-19en_US
dc.subjectHIV/AIDSen_US
dc.subjectgayen_US
dc.subjectbisexualen_US
dc.subjectsexual orientationen_US
dc.subjectlesbianen_US
dc.subjectfuture planningen_US
dc.titleAn Agentic Familiarity: The Context of HIV/AIDS and Sexual Orientation for Older Canadians during the COVID-19 Pandemicen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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