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ERIC Number: EJ895133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
Medical and Psychology Students' Knowledge and Attitudes regarding Aging and Sexuality
Snyder, Rachel J.; Zweig, Richard A.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v31 n3 p235-255 2010
The current study surveys medical and doctoral psychology students (N = 100) from an urban northeastern university regarding knowledge and attitudes toward elderly sexuality and aging using the Facts on Aging Quiz, the Aging Sexuality Knowledge and Attitudes Scale, and measures of interest in gerontology, academic/clinical exposure to aging and sexuality, and contact with elders. The current study found that psychology students demonstrated greater aging knowledge than medical students; however, both groups showed gaps in knowledge about sexuality. Married students had greater academic/clinical exposure and greater knowledge about aging but less permissive attitudes toward elderly sexuality. Generally, knowledge about aging was the strongest correlate of knowledge about sexuality. Level of knowledge about sexuality was not associated with attitudes. Attitudes toward sexuality and aging may be more strongly tied to demographic variables reflective of religious beliefs or adherence to sociocultural norms. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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