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ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE AGING OF YOUR PARENTS?

posted Nov 26, 2010, 8:36 AM by Michael Chanak

ARE YOU PREPARED FOR THE AGING OF YOUR PARENTS? 
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are trying to learn more about how gay 
men and lesbians get along with their families and how families are thinking about parents’ 
aging. The researchers are seeking families (gay/lesbian adult children, their straight siblings, 
and straight parents) willing to complete a confidential survey by mail. The survey contains 
questions about how family members spend time together and how they communicate (or 
don’t communicate!) with each other. Each family member receives $10 for completing the 
survey. 

Your family may be eligible if your family includes the following people who would be 
willing to participate: 

1) A gay/lesbian adult child who has been living with a partner for at least 1 year. 
2) Both partners in the gay relationship have at least one parent willing to participate in the 
project. 
3) Both partners in the gay relationship have a straight brother or sister who is willing to 
participate in the project. 
Dr. Brian Carpenter 


If your family may be interested, or if you have questions about the project, contact the 
researchers: 


Brian Carpenter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology 
Elissa Kozlov, Research Assistant 
Washington University in St. Louis 
aging@artsci.wustl.edu 
(314) 935-6173
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