Title

Education about sexuality in the elderly by healthcare professionals: a survey from the Southern Hemisphere

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

15100

Comments

This article was originally published as: Helmes, E. , & Chapman, J. L. (2012). Education about sexuality in the elderly by healthcare professionals: a survey from the Southern Hemisphere. Sex Education: sexuality, society and learning, 12(1), 95-107. Original article available here

Abstract

Education about sexuality is one method of reducing common negative stereotypes about this aspect of the life of older people. Knowledge and attitudes toward sexuality are therefore particularly important in those who educate healthcare professionals. We surveyed schools of medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, and social work in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa using White's Aging Sexuality Knowledge and Attitudes Scale. A total of 364 usable surveys were returned, revealing no main effects for differences in generally above-average levels of knowledge and attitudes across professions and the three countries. Some country-by-profession interactions were found for both knowledge and attitudes. Age was found to be the sole demographic factor able to predict both attitude toward and knowledge of sexuality. Findings suggest that levels of knowledge about sexuality and attitudes toward it have improved over earlier studies in North America.

DOI

10.1080/14681811.2011.601172

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