ERIC Number: ED424402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Relationship between Staff Religiosity and Attitudes toward Elderly Sexuality.
Walker, Bonnie L.
The relationship between religiosity and the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of long-term care staff related to elderly sexuality was investigated. Participants were 127 long-term care staff recruited at 8 sites in Oklahoma, Michigan, Virginia, California, and Maryland. Participants' positions included nurses, housekeepers, administrators, and other support personnel. The survey used in the study was designed to be an evaluation instrument for staff training materials and so items were criterion-referenced to the training objectives. The study team developed 159 forced choice items (agree/disagree) that were assigned to 1 of 4 forms, each of which also included a 2-page questionnaire asking participants to provide information about age, gender, educational level, ethnicity, religiosity, political philosophy, marital status, health, and whether they were currently in a sexually intimate relationship. Analysis indicated significant differences related to religiosity occurred for 15 of the 159 items. Religiosity was not a significant predictor of total score or scores on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices subtests for the entire group or for African American and white subpopulations. Further research was suggested to replicate these findings on other populations of long-term care staff. (Appendixes include 10 data tables and the instrument.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Aging (DHHS/NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Walker (Bonnie) and Associates, Inc., Crofton, MD.
Note: For a related document, see CE 077 327.