Sexuality and the Elderly: A Research Guide

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Reviews of the Literature and Bibliographies

This chapter includes important reviews of the literature and previously compiled bibliographies on sexuality and the elderly. Only those reviews which cover the topic of elderly sexuality in a comprehensive manner are included in this chapter. Literature reviews related to specific topics are included with the related chapter.

Literature reviews on elderly sexuality follow a consistent pattern. They nearly always begin with a discussion of common myths, followed by a discussion what is known about the sexual behavior and age related changes of females and males mostly drawn from the findings in the Kinsey reports, the Masters and Johnson studies, and the Duke Longitudinal Studies on Aging. A few recent reviews reference the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging. Depending on the publication date, reviewers usually cite all or most of the references identified as major studies in Chapter 1 and many of the texts included in Chapter 3. The reviews of the literature most often cited by other writers are those prepared by Martin Berezin in 1969 and 1976. The most recent comprehensive literature review to appear in the professional literature was prepared by Fran Kaiser.

Only a few bibliographies have appeared in the literature prior to this volume and they are included here. Also included in this list are two literature reviews in which the authors have surveyed attitudes toward the elderly ( McTavish, 1971; Green, 1981). These reviews include attitudes toward elderly sexuality and also provide information about methodology concerns regarding studies involving older people.

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