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Sexuality in Old Age / מיניות בגיל הזקנה

משה סדובסקי, הלן אנטונובסקי, בנימין מעוז, אהרן אנטונובסקי, דוד גלינסקי, Moshe Sadovsky, Helen Antonovsky, Benjamin Maoz, Aaron Antonovsky and David Galinsky
Gerontology / גרונטולוגיה
No. 23 (חורף, 83-1982), pp. 19-24
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23479571
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Sexuality in Old Age / מיניות בגיל הזקנה
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Abstract

The research findings reported here are based on a pilot study and a pretest study in preparation for a large scale investigation of sexuality in the aged. The data of the pretest study, based on a sample of 29 elderly respondents aged 65–84, were collected by means of a structured interview which was designed on the basis of the pilot study. All interviews were done by the first author (MS) – a psychiatrist. The pilot study – the first stage of this investigation – consisted of an open-ended, unstructured interview with 13 respodents over the age of 65. The only structure for this interview was that a number of topics were to be discussed. The aim of the pilot study was to learn whether or not the respondents would be willing to answer questions about sexuality and intimate relationships. The aim of the pretest – the second stage – was to try out a closed questionairre, designed on the basis of the pilot study which could be used for the third stage – a comprehensive investigation of sexual attitudes and behavior in a sample of 300 elderly people. The respondents in the pilot study and pretest were chosen from a list of participants in a large scale study of the needs of the elderly in the Beer Sheva area carried out by the Department of Griatrics of the Soroka Hospital and Center for Health Sciences of Ben Gurion University. Among the main findings: older respondents were less active sexually than the younger respondents; married respondents had more active sexual lives than the unmarried (mostly widowed); masturbation occurred almost exclusively among the non-religious aged from western countries; the repondents who perceived the younger generation as having negative attitudes toward sexuality among the elderly were less active sexually than those who did not perceive a negative attitude. The significance and meaning of the findings are discussed in terms of demographic, attitude past history and health variables.

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