|Institution:||California State University – Sacramento|
|Keywords:||Aging population; Sexual health; Aging and sexuality|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/171150|
The purpose of this study was to explore services available to the aging population regarding their sexual heath from the service provider???s perspective. This qualitative content analysis applied a snowball sampling method to obtain ten participants who have experience working with the aging or elderly population. Subjects participated by responding to interview questions regarding the conversations occurring between clients and providers concerning the client???s sexual health, the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases or infections, and training received on the topic. One major result that emerged was the lack of conversation around the topic of the sexual health of the aging. The study demonstrates the need for continued research of the sexual health of the aging population and the need for increased information and training regarding the importance to the topic as it pertains to the overall quality of life for the aging population. Implications for social work practice and policy are discussed. Advisors/Committee Members: Dinis, Maria.