Assessment and Conceptualization of Sexuality Among Older Adults

Linda R. Mona, Gali Goldwaser, Maggie L. Syme, Rebecca P. Cameron, Colleen Clemency, Aletha R. Miller, Larry Lemos, Michelle S. Ballan

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Abstract

Older adult sexuality is receiving increasing attention in mental health practice and research as societal changes foster greater acceptance of both sexuality and diversity. Older adult men and women face disparate circumstances affecting sexuality, including differences in patterns of sexual desire and activity, hormonal changes, access to partners, and treatment options, including pharmacotherapy. Thorough assessment of older adult sexual functioning includes attention to diversity issues as outlined in the DSM-IV-TR cultural formulation model, with particular attention to clients' multiple identities and to awareness of the impact of one's own cultural beliefs about sexuality. Available assessment tools include semi-structured interviews and self-report scales, some of which are designed for gathering data from both partners in a couple. Mental health practitioners need to advocate for clients' access to sexual expression despite institutional barriers, including at end-of-life. In addition, practitioners need to be prepared to assess client capacity for sexual decision making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Assessment in Clinical Gerontology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages331-356
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780123749611
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StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Mona, L. R., Goldwaser, G., Syme, M. L., Cameron, R. P., Clemency, C., Miller, A. R., Lemos, L., & Ballan, M. S. (2010). Assessment and Conceptualization of Sexuality Among Older Adults. In Handbook of Assessment in Clinical Gerontology (pp. 331-356). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-374961-1.10013-2