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Sexual Aging: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Research on the Sexuality and Sexual Health of Older Adults / Sinković, Matija ; Towler, Lauren.

By: Sinković, Matija.
Contributor(s): Towler, Lauren [aut].
Material type: ArticleArticleDescription: str.Other title: Sexual Aging: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Research on the Sexuality and Sexual Health of Older Adults [Naslov na engleskom:].Subject(s): 3.03 | 5.05 | 5.06 | 5.14 | older people ; aging ; sexuality, sexual health ; research evaluation ; qualitative systematic review ; thematic analysis | older people ; aging ; sexuality, sexual health ; research evaluation ; qualitative systematic review ; thematic analysisOnline resources: Click here to access online In: Qualitative Health Research Online first (2018), /Summary: Negative stereotypes regarding the sex lives of older adults persist, despite sexuality being an important factor that influences the quality of life. We conducted a systematic review of the qualitative literature on the sexuality and sexual health of older adults to address which topics have been researched and the quality of research within this field. We searched PsycINFO, SocINDEX, MEDLINE, and CINAHL for qualitative articles investigating the sexuality of adults aged 60+ years. We analyzed 69 articles using thematic analysis to synthesize their findings. We identified two overarching thematic categories: psychological and relational aspects of sexuality (personal meanings and understandings of sex, couplehood aspects, and sociocultural aspects) and health and sexuality (effects of illness and/or treatment on sexuality, and help-seeking behaviors). Research is needed into male sexual desire and pleasure, culture-specific and sexual/gender identities and their effect on outcomes such as help-seeking behavior and sexual satisfaction, and sexual risk-taking in older adults.
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Negative stereotypes regarding the sex lives of older adults persist, despite sexuality being an important factor that influences the quality of life. We conducted a systematic review of the qualitative literature on the sexuality and sexual health of older adults to address which topics have been researched and the quality of research within this field. We searched PsycINFO, SocINDEX, MEDLINE, and CINAHL for qualitative articles investigating the sexuality of adults aged 60+ years. We analyzed 69 articles using thematic analysis to synthesize their findings. We identified two overarching thematic categories: psychological and relational aspects of sexuality (personal meanings and understandings of sex, couplehood aspects, and sociocultural aspects) and health and sexuality (effects of illness and/or treatment on sexuality, and help-seeking behaviors). Research is needed into male sexual desire and pleasure, culture-specific and sexual/gender identities and their effect on outcomes such as help-seeking behavior and sexual satisfaction, and sexual risk-taking in older adults.

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