ERIC Number: ED259282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Aging and Sexuality: Perceptions of a Puerto Rican Sample.
Waters, Judith; Drew, Benjamin
While there are acknowledged physical, psychological, and social benefits to be derived from maintaining sexual activity in old age, the negative cultural attitudes displayed by younger members of society as well as by their own peers constitute a barrier to the achievement of a satisfactory sex life for the elderly. A study was undertaken to examine the attitudes of working class adults (N=43) and of high school seniors (N=55) toward aging and sexuality. All subjects were Puerto Ricans residing in New Jersey. Subjects completed a questionnaire on social and sexual activity, work-related issues, physical abilities and illness, and cognitive functioning in which they approximated the percentage of older men and older women they felt exhibited the behavior in question. The results indicated that attitudes toward the process of aging and sexuality seemed to depend on the gender of the older person as well as on the specific event or behavior involved. In addition, the gender and age of the subjects influenced the results. There were different attitudes toward sexuality in older men compared to older women; and there were significant differences in attitudes toward sexual activity and romantic relationships, with sex seen by all groups as more important for men than for women. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984). For related research, see CG 018 384.