Are Sociodemographic Characteristics, Education and Training, and Attitudes Toward Older Adults' Sexuality Predictive of Willingness to Assess Sexual Health in a Sample of US Psychologists?
Studies suggest an association between older adults’ sexual health and quality of life. Despite this, previous research suggests a lack of assessment of older adults’ sexual health. To understand this gap, we examined predictors of practicing psychologists’ attitudes to and assessment of the sexual health of older adults. This study utilized purposive online sampling to recruit 119 US practicing psychologists (median years licensed=11). Participants completed questionnaires on sociodemographics, education and training, and were randomized to a vignette condition depicting a middle-aged or older adult with mood and sexual health concerns. Following the vignette, participants completed a survey on attitudes and their willingness to assess patients’ sexual health. Participants’ vignette condition, sociodemographics, clinical education, experience, and specialty did not predict attitudes toward older adults’ sexuality. However, results indicated that negative attitudes toward older adults’ sexuality (p=.01) and sexuality education and training (p=.001) predicted psychologists’ willingness to assess sexual health. Results indicate that in order to increase psychologists’ assessments of older adults’ sexual health, interventions should focus on changing attitudes toward older adults’ sexuality, and increasing psychologists’ sexuality education and training.
Sexual and Relationship Therapy
Flaget-Greener, M., Gonzalez, C.A., & Sprankle, E.L. (2014). Are Sociodemographic Characteristics, Education and Training, and Attitudes Toward Older Adults' Sexuality Predictive of Willingness to Assess Sexual Health in a Sample of US Psychologists? Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 1-15.
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Copyright © 2014 College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists/Taylor & Francis Group. Article published by Taylor & Francis in Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 2014, pages 1-15. Available online on August 21, 2014: http://doi.org/10.1080/14681994.2014.948297.