Journal article

An overview of sexual behaviour research in later life-Quantitative and qualitative findings

Rosanne Freak-Poli, Sue Malta

Australasian Journal on Ageing | WILEY | Published : 2020


AIM: This article provides an overview of current sexual behaviour research in later life by describing associated factors, including the physical and psychological benefits. METHODS: Recent systematic reviews were interrogated for findings on sexual behaviour research in adults aged 60+. RESULTS: Regardless of research methods employed, all studies showed that there were a range of physical and psychological benefits to remaining sexually active in later life. While quantitative studies placed an emphasis on measuring penile-vaginal intercourse, they provided no definitive conclusion about the benefits due to 'inconsistent results' across studies. Qualitative studies described the myriad wa..

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Awarded by Heart Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

RFP is affiliated with Erasmus Medical Centre and Monash University. RFP is supported by a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (101927). SM is affiliated with University of Melbourne and the National Ageing Research Institute.