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Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 11–21 | Cite as

Sexual interest, attitudes, knowledge, and sexual history in relation to sexual behavior in the institutionalized aged

  • Charles B. White
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Abstract

Although the idea that sexuality is a lifelong need is gaining greater research support and greater acceptability to the general public, few consider the institutionalized aged as having sexual needs or being able to benefit from sexual intimacy. The research presented here indicates that sexual activity in the institutionalized aged is related to their attitudes and behavior to ward sexuality and to their sexual interest level and prior frequency of sexual activity. Institutionalized aged persons evidence sexual needs and do engage in sexual behavior.

Key words

sexual interest attitudes sexual history institutionalization aged 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles B. White
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  1. 1.Gerontology Studies ProgramTrinity UniversitySan AntonioUSA

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