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Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Attitude, and Life Satisfaction Among Korean Older Adults: Implications for Educational Programs

Title
Sexual Knowledge, Sexual Attitude, and Life Satisfaction Among Korean Older Adults: Implications for Educational Programs
Authors
Park, HyojungKang, Sook JungPark, Sungwon
Ewha Authors
박효정강숙정
SCOPUS Author ID
박효정scopus; 강숙정scopus
Issue Date
2016
Journal Title
SEXUALITY AND DISABILITY
ISSN
0146-1044JCR Link1573-6717JCR Link
Citation
vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 455 - 468
Keywords
AttitudeKnowledgeKoreaSexual activity
Publisher
SPRINGER
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
The aim of this study was to: identify the sexual knowledge, sexual attitude, and life satisfaction in Korean older adults; and explore significant factors among demographic characteristics, sexual activity, sexual knowledge, and sexual attitude, that influence life satisfaction among Korean older adults. Participants were recruited in community centers and public parks (N = 571). Data were collected on sexual knowledge, sexual attitudes, and life satisfaction using three valid and reliable instruments. Data were analyzed using t test, ANOVA, Pearson's correlation, and hierarchical multiple regression. Educational level, gender, and living arrangement significantly affected sexual knowledge and attitudes (p < 001) among older adults. There was a positive relationship between sexual knowledge and attitudes (r = .490, p <. 001), life satisfaction and sexual knowledge (r = .144, p = .001), and life satisfaction and sexual attitudes (r = .121, p = .004). Age (beta = .16, t = 3.45, p < .01), gender (beta = .52, t = 2.07, p <. 05), presence of spouse (beta = -.12, t = -2.42, p <. 05), and sexual knowledge (beta = .10, t = 2.17, p <. 05) were factors with a significant influence on life satisfaction for older adults. When designing and implementing sexual counseling and education programs for older adults, individual background, sexual knowledge, and sexual attitudes must be assessed and considered. Also, those without spouses who live alone may need more attention because they tend to have low knowledge levels and negative attitudes toward sexual activity.
DOI
10.1007/s11195-016-9453-9
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