Texts and Chapters in Texts
Most textbooks written for nurses, physicians, and other health care workers include a chapter or two about gerontology and about sexuality. Gerontology texts usually include a chapter on elderly sexuality. The most widely cited of these books are those written or edited by Irene Mortenson Burnside, Ruth B. Weg, Nancy Fugate Woods, and Bernita Steffl. Each of these people has written texts for nurses and each has developed an interest in the problems associated with elderly sexuality. Other often cited texts are included here.
Also listed in Chapter 3 are professional books about aging which are often cited by people writing about elderly sexuality issues and other books on aging or sexuality which although written for the lay population are often cited by writers whose work appears in the professional, scientific literature.
The points of view expressed by the overwhelming majority of these writers is that sexuality in elderly populations is healthy, that elderly people want to express their sexuality, and that staff should permit sexual behavior and even encourage it.
040 Atchley Robert C. ( 1994). Social forces and aging: An introduction to social gerontology, 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company.
This text on social gerontology includes minor references to sexuality in older people. The author points out, however, that age changes in sexual behavior are not merely a reflection of