Sexualidad en añosos

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Fact sheet: Sexuality in middle and later life
Anonymous. SIECUS Report. New York: Dec 2001/Jan 2002. Vol. 30, Iss. 2; pg. 1, 6 pgs
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In recent years, there has been an increase in research on sexuality in middle and later life. Some of the research that brings important insight into the sexual behavior, health, attitudes, values, and beliefs of individuals from theirforties through their eighties and older is presented.
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Copyright Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. Dec 2001/Jan 2002
Sexual feelings and desires exist throughout the life cycle. In recent years, there has been an increase in research on sexuality in middle and later life. This SIECUS Fact Sheet presents some ofthe research that brings important insight into the sexual behavior, health, attitudes, values, and beliefs of individuals from their forties through their eighties and older. (See page 2 for information on researchers.)
Many of the researchers cited in this Fact Sheet did not define "sex" or "sexual activity" when they asked individuals about their sexual behaviors and beliefs. Each of theresearches also phrased their questions differently and surveyed varied age groups.Therefore, direct comparison of these studies is not possible. Percentages cited do not always total 100 percent because some participants chose not to respond to specific questions. Although most of the research was weighted in order to generalize the results to the overall population in these age groups, some of theresearch (particularly among the oldest participants) is based on small samples.
THE IMPORTANCE OF SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS
The Harris Interactive study reported that 80 percent of postmenopausal women under the age of 55 who are married, living with a partner, or currently involved in a sexual relationship considered sex to be either "very important" or "somewhat important." In contrast, 20 percentconsider sex to be either "not very important" or "not important at all." (Harris Interactive Sexual Communications Survey p. 5)
The Harris Interactive study reported that 82 percent of male partners of menopausal women believe that sex is either "very important" or "somewhat important" to their relationship. In contrast, 18 percent believe it is "not very important" or "not important at all."(Harris Interactive Sexual Communications Survey p. 10)
The AARP study reported that 74 percent of men 45-59 years of age, 61 percent 60-74 years of age, and 50 percent 75 years of age and older believe that "a satisfying sexual relationship" is important to their quality of life. (AARP/Modern Maturity Sexuality Study, p. 24)
The AARP study found that 66 percent of women 45-59 years of age, 48percent 60-74 years of age, and 44 percent 75 years of age and older believe that "a satisfying sexual relationship" is important to their quality of life. (AARP/Modern Maturity Sexuality Study, p. 24)
The AARP study reported that 50 percent of men and 53 percent of women 45 years of age and older agree that t1sexual activity is a pleasurable, but not necessary, part of a good relationship."(AARP/Modern Maturity Sexuality Study, p. 10)
SEXUAL PARTNERS
The AARP study reported that 84 percent of men 45-59 years of age, 79 percent 60-74 years of age, and 58 percent 75 years of age and older currently have a sexual partner. (AARP/Modern Maturity Sexuality Study, p. 31)
The AARP study reported that 78 percent of women 45-59 years of age, 53 percent 60-74 years of age, and 21 percent 75years of age and older currently have a sexual partner. (AARP/Modern Maturity Sexuality Study, p. 31)
SEXUAL ACTIVITY
The ARHP study reported that 62 percent of men 50-59 years of age, 52 percent 60-69 years of age, and 36 percent 70 years of age and older considered themselves sexually active. (ARHP Sexual Activity Survey, Chart QI)
The ARHP study reported that 50 percent of women 50-59...
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