Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/30236
Title: Baby boomers' attitudes to maintaining sexual and intimate relationships in long‐term care
Contributor(s): Rahn, Alison (author); Jones, Tiffany (author); Bennett, Cary  (author)orcid ; Lykins, Amy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020-06-21
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12732
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/30236
Abstract: Objectives: Australian aged care policy is wholly focused on individual "consumers" and consequently neglects the needs of dyadic partners. This paper highlights partnered baby boomers' attitudes to maintaining sexual and intimate relationships in residential care.
Methods: In 2016, cross‐sectional data were collected using an online survey of partnered baby boomers recruited using social media. Qualitative data were analysed using word frequency, keywords‐in‐context and thematic analysis. Descriptive statistics were generated from quantitative data.
Results: There were 168 participants (85% female), aged 51‐71 years. Many reported that remaining together and continuing physical and sexual contact were important in aged care contexts—necessitating private couple's suites, shared beds, access to condoms, lubricants and sexual health professionals.
Conclusions: Considerable cultural change will be required to raise residential aged care to the standard expected by some partnered baby boomers. Shifting to a more couple‐centred approach may benefit partnered residents' health and well‐being.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 39(S1), p. 49-58
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1741-6612
1440-6381
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Field of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520304 Health psychology
520303 Counselling psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920502 Health Related to Ageing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200502 Health related to ageing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Appears in Collections:Journal Article
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
School of Psychology

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