ERIC Number: ED200879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Psychoeducational Intervention for Sexuality With the Aged, Family Members of the Aged, and People Who Work With the Aged.
White, Charles B.; Catania, Joseph A.
Sexual attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors evolve throughout life. Today's older persons were socialized in an environment which viewed sexuality as a procreative activity reserved for married persons in the childbearing years, thus neglecting the interpersonal and individual aspects of sexuality. A sexual psycho-educational intervention was conducted and evaluated for older persons (N=30), adult family members of older persons (N=30), and nursing home staff members (N=30). Elderly subjects in experimental and control groups were administered the Sexual Behavior Questionnaire and the Aging Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale (ASKAS) before and after the experimental group intervention sessions. Family and staff participants completed the ASKAS before and after the experimental group intervention session. Results indicated significant changes in knowledge about and attitudes toward sexuality and aging in the family, staff, and elderly experimental groups, specifically in the direction of greater knowledge regarding sexuality and aging and more permissive attitudes about sexuality in the aged. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Andrus Memorial Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (33rd, San Diego, CA, November 21-25, 1980).