ERIC Number: ED232094
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Religiosity and Attitudes of Nurses Aides toward Sexual Expression by Older Adults in Nursing Homes.
Stevenson, Robert T.; Courtenay, Bradley C.
Systematic research on attitudes of nursing home staff toward the sexual expression of older residents is sparse and of recent origin. In order to determine the relationship between the degree of religiosity (religious commitment) of nursing home aides and their degree of tolerance concerning sexuality and aging, female nursing assistants (N=101) from randomly selected nursing homes in Georgia completed the Aging Sexuality Knowledge and Attitudes Scale (White, 1980) and the Religiosity in 5-D Scale (Faulkner and De Jong, 1966). Data analysis indicated that aides who were more religious had less permissive attitudes toward sexuality and aging. Analysis of a six-variable regression equation, developed to predict attitude scores on sexuality and aging, showed that the strongest predictor of permissive attitudes was church membership, followed by nursing home size, educational level, marital status, religious ritualism scores, and age. The results seem to suggest that the behavioral aspects of religiosity (those concerned with ritual and social involvement), rather than the ideational aspects (those concerned with belief, feeling, experience, and knowledge), are most predictive of permissive attitudes toward sexuality and aging. (AG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Aging Sexuality Knowledge and Attitudes Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (35th, Boston, MA, November 19-23, 1982).