Examining aging sexual stigma attitudes among adults by gender, age, and generational status

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dc.contributor.author Syme, Maggie
dc.contributor.author Cohn, Tracy J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-24T14:37:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-24T14:37:39Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/32927
dc.description.abstract Objectives: Stigma related to later life sexuality could produce detrimental effects for older adults, through individual concerns and limited sexual health care for older adults. Identifying groups at risk for aging sexual stigma will help to focus interventions to reduce it. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to examine cross-sectional trends in aging sexual stigma attitudes by age group, generational status, and gender. Method: An online survey was administered to a national sample of adults via a crowdsourcing tool, in order to examine aging sexual stigma across age groups, generational status, and gender (N = 962; 47.0% male, 52.5% female, and .5% other; mean age = 45 years). An aging sexual stigma index was formulated from the attitudinal items of the Aging Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale. Results: This sample reported moderately permissive attitudes toward aging sexuality, indicating a low level of aging sexual stigma. Though descriptive data showed trends of stigma attitudes increasing with age and later generations, there were no significant differences between age groups or generations in terms of aging sexual stigma beliefs. Men, regardless of age and/or generation, were found to espouse significantly higher stigmatic beliefs than women or those reporting ‘other’ gender. Conclusions: Aging sexual stigma beliefs may not be prevalent among the general population as cohorts become more sexually liberal over time, though men appear more susceptible to these beliefs. However, in order to more comprehensively assess aging sexual stigma, future research may benefit from measuring explicit and implicit aging sexual stigma beliefs. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2015.1012044 en_US
dc.rights This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Aging and Mental Health on 23 Feb 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2015.1012044 en_US
dc.subject Aging en_US
dc.subject Sexuality en_US
dc.subject Stigma en_US
dc.subject Attitudes en_US
dc.title Examining aging sexual stigma attitudes among adults by gender, age, and generational status en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.date.published 2015 en_US
dc.citation.doi 10.1080/13607863.2015.1012044 en_US
dc.citation.epage 45 en_US
dc.citation.issn 1360-7863 en_US
dc.citation.issue 1 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Aging & Mental Health en_US
dc.citation.spage 36 en_US
dc.citation.volume 20 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid msyme en_US
dc.description.version Article: Version of Record
dc.description.funder National Institutes of Health en_US
dc.description.funderID http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/100000002 en_US
dc.description.awardNo U54CA132379 en_US
dc.description.awardNo U54CA132384 en_US

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