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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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HUMBOLDT, Sofia von; RIBEIRO-GONCALVES, José; COSTA, Andrea  and  LEAL, Isabel. How do older adults express themselves sexually?: An exploratory study. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2020, vol.21, n.1, pp.62-68. ISSN 1645-0086.

Introduction: This study aims to analyze how older adults express themselves sexually. For this purpose, a cross-national qualitative study was performed. Methods: Two hundred and thirteen non-institutionalized elderly, aged 65 to 98 years, from three different nationalities (Brazilian, Portuguese and English) were interviewed. All interviews were transcribed and later subjected to content analysis. Results: Results of the content analysis indicated eight themes: Affection and attention (k = 0.91, p <0.01); altruism (k = 0.81, p <0.01); feeling attractive (k = 94, p <0.01); positive communication (k = 0.89, p <0.01); sexual activity (k = 0.88, p <0.01); good health and physical condition (k = 0.96, p <0.01); supportive relationship (k = 0.84, p <0.01); and eroticism (k = 0.94, p <0.0). Conclusions: This study emphasized different ways of expressing sexuality in old age and stressed the importance of caring and attention, altruism and feeling attractive to older people who are sexually active.

Keywords : Content analysis; qualitative study; sexual expression; older adults.

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