Theses Doctoral

Social support and wellbeing of LGBT adults: An application of the Convoy Model of Social Relations

Breder, Kelseanne Pierpont

This dissertation aims to explore the relationship between social support and social and psychological wellbeing in the adult population of sexual and gender minorities, or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) adults. We apply Antonucci’s (1987) Convoy Model of Social Relations as a lens through which to conceptualize social support across four dimensions: structure, function, quality, and closeness. Chapter One contains an introduction to the LGBT adult population; a description of the Convoy Model of Social Relations and of technology used to exchange social support; and an outline of the specific aims addressed in this dissertation. Chapter Two is an integrative review of literature about social support networks of LGBT older adults age 50 years and older. Chapter Three is a study designed to investigate relationships between LGBT identity, social support characteristics, the use of online social communication, and psychological and social wellbeing. Chapter Four is a qualitative descriptive study that explores LGBT older adults’ attitudes, perceptions, and uses of technology for social connectedness and support during COVID-19. Chapter Five contains a synthesis of all findings in this dissertation; a discussion of the results as they relate to the Convoy Model of Social Relations; and implications for clinical interventions and future research.


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Bockting, Walter O.
Ph.D., Columbia University
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February 22, 2021