Sexuality and the Satisfaction of Sexual Needs

Sexuality and the Satisfaction of Sexual Needs ABSTRACT. This article discusses conceptions of sexuality and the satisfaction of sexual needs in a sample of aged home nursing patients (N= 50) in a small rural town in Finland. The purpose of the study, which was carried out as part of a nursing development project in the form of action research, was to gain a deeper understanding of the satisfaction of basic human needs and problems of need‐satisfaction in aged people, particularly in the domain of sexual needs. The data were collected using a semi‐structured questionnaire, which was designed primarily on the basis of the need theories of Yura & Walsh and Orem. Negative attitudes towards sexual needs were found in more than half of the aged respondents; they did not consider it proper for aged people to have an active sex life. One‐quarter felt that sexual needs and desires were shameful and sinful. Only less than one‐quarter had positive attitudes towards sex. The majority of the respondents felt that they could freely and confidently talk about sex with the nursing staff, but only less than one‐quarter were willing to do so. Almost all had some need to show affection to another person. The majority accepted their own self‐image, but half were not satisfied with their physical appearance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences Wiley

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Wiley
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© 1990 Nordic College of Caring Sciences
ISSN
0283-9318
eISSN
1471-6712
DOI
10.1111/j.1471-6712.1990.tb00067.x
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ABSTRACT. This article discusses conceptions of sexuality and the satisfaction of sexual needs in a sample of aged home nursing patients (N= 50) in a small rural town in Finland. The purpose of the study, which was carried out as part of a nursing development project in the form of action research, was to gain a deeper understanding of the satisfaction of basic human needs and problems of need‐satisfaction in aged people, particularly in the domain of sexual needs. The data were collected using a semi‐structured questionnaire, which was designed primarily on the basis of the need theories of Yura & Walsh and Orem. Negative attitudes towards sexual needs were found in more than half of the aged respondents; they did not consider it proper for aged people to have an active sex life. One‐quarter felt that sexual needs and desires were shameful and sinful. Only less than one‐quarter had positive attitudes towards sex. The majority of the respondents felt that they could freely and confidently talk about sex with the nursing staff, but only less than one‐quarter were willing to do so. Almost all had some need to show affection to another person. The majority accepted their own self‐image, but half were not satisfied with their physical appearance.

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Scandinavian Journal of Caring SciencesWiley

Published: Dec 1, 1990

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