Sexuality and the Elderly: A Research Guide

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Staff Responses to Sexual Behavior of the Elderly

A few researchers have investigated staff behaviors and responses toward elderly sexuality. In this chapter, articles which examine the role of the staff in promoting sexuality are presented. Although the role of staff is considered critical in supporting expression of sexuality, evidence suggests that the elderly, especially those in institutions, have little freedom of expression. Several writers have investigated staff behaviors or discussed their views of what staff behavior should be ( Gochros, 1972; Lyder, 1990; Woodard & Rollin, 1981).

A second aspect of staff behavior is the willingness of nurses and other health care workers to provide information to older people regarding their sexuality. This topic is discussed by several writers in this chapter ( Cook, 1994; Parsons, 1981; Pollard, 1985; Smedley, 1991).

Other writers have discussed ways in which nurses can provide the intimacy and touching that older people living alone need ( Barnett, ( 1972) and also how nurses can react appropriately to sexual behaviors of their patients ( Peace, 1974; Sloane, 1993).

251 Barnett Kathryn. ( March-April, 1972). "A theoretical construct of the concepts of touch as they relate to nursing". Nursing Research, 21(2), 102-110.

The purpose of this investigation was to identify the basic and accepted theories of touch as they relate to nonverbal communication in an area of patient care and to develop a theoretical construct of the concepts of touch as they relate to

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