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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2005;11(4):324-332.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2005.11.4.324   
A Study of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Importance of Sexuality in the Aged
Gi Yon Kim, Hee Young Song, So Mi Park
Department of Nursing, Wonju College of Medicine, Yonsei University. somi@wonju.yonsei.ac.kr
The purpose of this research was to identify knowledge of, attitude toward, and the importance of, sexuality in the elderly. METHOD: By convenience sampling, 152 elderly people aged 60 and over who registered at 3 elderly schools located in W city were selected. Knowledge and attitude toward sexuality were measured with ASKAS. Perceived importance toward sexuality was measured with an instrument developed by the investigator. Data was analyzed by descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, and Pearson's correlation. RESULTS: Elderly males, elderly couples, and elders perceiving themselves as healthy reported higher scores in knowledge on and the importance of sexuality. Elderly males, elders with higher education, and elders perceiving themselves as healthy showed a more acceptable attitude toward sexuality. The higher knowledge of sexuality, the more acceptable the sexuality. The higher knowledge of and more acceptable attitude toward sexuality, the higher significance of sexuality. CONCLUSIONS: Sexuality is an important issue in elderly life. To improve knowledge, positive views of sexuality, recognition of its importance, education and consulting programs on sexuality need to be developed, reflecting characteristics of the elderly. These programs should be provided not only to the elderly but also to people caring for the elderly and their families.
Key Words: Sexuality; Knowledge; Attitude; Importance; Aged

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