Journal article

'I always look under the bed for a man'. Needs and barriers to the expression of sexuality in residential aged care: the views of residents with and without dementia

M Bauer, D Fetherstonhaugh, L Tarzia, R Nay, D Wellman, E Beattie

Psychology and Sexuality | Published : 2013


Objectives: This qualitative study canvassed residents' perceptions of the needs and barriers to the expression of sexuality in long-term care. Methods: Sixteen residents, including five with dementia, from six aged care facilities in two Australian states were interviewed. Data were analysed using a constant comparative method. Results: Four categories describe residents' views about sexuality, their needs and barriers to its expression: 'It still matters'; 'Reminiscence and resignation', 'It's personal', and 'It's an unconducive environment'. Discussion: Residents, including those with dementia, saw themselves as sexual beings and with a continuing need and desire to express their sexualit..

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