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Análise Psicológica

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VAZ, Raquel Almeida  and  NODIN, Nuno. A importância do exercício físico nos anos maduros da sexualidade. Aná. Psicológica [online]. 2005, vol.23, n.3, pp.329-339. ISSN 0870-8231.

The aim of this work is to study the influence that physical exercise may have upon the sexuality of elderly people. The sample is composed of 54 married subjects, with an age range of 65-75 years. It was divided into two groups, one of which consists of 27 subjects who regularly exercise, the other consisting of 27 subjects who do not exercise. A questionnaire about sexuality after the age of 65 was used as our instrument, after some adjustments. The non-exercising subjects were interviewed individually in a room at their respective day care centers, with the questionnaires being filled by the interviewer. The remaining subjects filled their own enquiries, which were handed at their gymnasiums along with filling instructions. The investigation was designed as an observational-descriptive study of inter-group comparison, and the results were analyzed using the Mann-Whitney (ordinal level answer options) and Qui-Square (nominal level answer options) tests. The results showed statistically relevant differences between the two samples on some of the studied dimensions, namely the sexual initiative, the mean frequency of sexual intercourse, the interest in sex life, the perceived changes of the couple’s mutual activities/ /amusements, the sensations obtained through sexual intercourse and the factors the subjects consider influence sex life. On this sample, on a general level, it was observed that exercising subjects are sexually more active than non-exercising subjects and a relation was established between the practice of physical exercise and some dimensions of elderly sexuality.

Keywords : Aging; elderly people; sexuality; physical exercise.

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