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Age-Related Subjective Importance of Sexuality in the Elderly

  • W. Zwanikken
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In publications on the sexuality of elderly people we come across a limited number of frequently used concepts: drive level, sexual capacity, sexual interest, sexual motivation, taboo, negative attitude, social desirability. These are useful concepts. As people grow older, however, they grow more complicated. Inter- and intrapersonal variability seem to increase, making gerontology the science of exceptions. That is why I have tried to construct a more or less new concept at the psychological level. This concept implies that the continuity or the stopping of any sexual activity in elderly people is based on a cost-benefit consideration.


Elderly People Sexual Interest Sexual Motivation Subjective Importance Sexual Thought 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Zwanikken
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  1. 1.UtrechtNiederlande

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