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Sexual Behaviors of Middle-age and Older People in Southern Taiwan

Jian-Kang Chao, M.D.1,2 Yen-Chin Lin, Ph.D.2 Mi-Chia Ma, Ph.D.3 Lyh-Jyh Hao, M.D.4 Ming-Der Shi, M.S.5 

Objectives:This study was to investigate the relationship of demographic variables to the sexual behavior, sexual desire and sexual satisfaction of the elderly population in Southern Taiwan. Methods:A total of 283 individuals over the age of 45 years was recruited from communities in Southern Taiwan. Participants were asked to complete a questionnaire form. Results:In the past year, except for masturbation (20.1%), the percentage of people participating in general sexual behavior at least once per month was found to be nearly 40% for most elderly adults, including touching/hand holding (42.8%), embracing (42.8%), kissing (38.2%), mutual stroking (41.7%) and sexual intercourse (40.3%). The most common sexually related problem was found to have a hypoactive sexual desire in both male and female participants. This study clearly showed that age, partner, education level and health status infl uences sexual behavior, these items also have relevance to sexual satisfaction and sexual desire. If sexual satisfaction was rated using a binary outcome and then analyzed using multiple logistic regression analyses forward model selection the factors infl uencing sexual satisfaction were found to be partner, alcohol and sexual desire. Conclusion:The sexual life of the elderly should be observed from a broad point of view, rather than just focusing on sexual intercourse, because simple hand holding, intimate closeness, hugs, or mutual stroking can also give elderly partners sexual satisfaction.
Key Word sexual behavior, older adults, sexual satisfaction, sexual desire
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