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The elephant in the room : a critical interpretive synthesis of older adults’ sexuality

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Objectives: This study aimed to explore past studies that have focused exclusively on the sexuality of adults older than 65 from a positive public health approach. Methods: We performed a critical interpretive synthesis, starting with the literature review on sexual behaviors in later life, adding policy documents on aging sexuality, and bringing new perspectives. Results: Older adults continue to be sexually active. Healthcare professionals lack knowledge and communication skills surrounding aging sexuality and no policies before 2013 mention aging sexuality. Conclusions: We posit that society's view of later life sexuality reflects on practice, policies, and research on this topic, which influence back society's view.
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Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Reproductive Medicine, Social Psychology, Gender Studies, Dermatology, Older adults, sexuality, sexual behavior, critical interpretive synthesis, LATER LIFE, HEALTH, SEX, PEOPLE, BEHAVIORS, KNOWLEDGE, INTIMACY, REPRESENTATIONS, ASSOCIATION, PORTRAYALS

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Cismaru-Inescu, Adina, et al. “The Elephant in the Room : A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Older Adults’ Sexuality.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SEXUAL HEALTH, vol. 34, no. 1, 2022, pp. 90–104, doi:10.1080/19317611.2021.1958040.
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Cismaru-Inescu, A., Adam, S., Nobels, A., Kempeneers, P., Beaulieu, M., Vandeviver, C., … Nisen, L. (2022). The elephant in the room : a critical interpretive synthesis of older adults’ sexuality. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SEXUAL HEALTH, 34(1), 90–104. https://doi.org/10.1080/19317611.2021.1958040
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Cismaru-Inescu, Adina, Stéphane Adam, Anne Nobels, Philippe Kempeneers, Marie Beaulieu, Christophe Vandeviver, Ines Keygnaert, and Laurent Nisen. 2022. “The Elephant in the Room : A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Older Adults’ Sexuality.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SEXUAL HEALTH 34 (1): 90–104. https://doi.org/10.1080/19317611.2021.1958040.
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Cismaru-Inescu, Adina, Stéphane Adam, Anne Nobels, Philippe Kempeneers, Marie Beaulieu, Christophe Vandeviver, Ines Keygnaert, and Laurent Nisen. 2022. “The Elephant in the Room : A Critical Interpretive Synthesis of Older Adults’ Sexuality.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SEXUAL HEALTH 34 (1): 90–104. doi:10.1080/19317611.2021.1958040.
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Cismaru-Inescu A, Adam S, Nobels A, Kempeneers P, Beaulieu M, Vandeviver C, et al. The elephant in the room : a critical interpretive synthesis of older adults’ sexuality. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SEXUAL HEALTH. 2022;34(1):90–104.
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A. Cismaru-Inescu et al., “The elephant in the room : a critical interpretive synthesis of older adults’ sexuality,” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SEXUAL HEALTH, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 90–104, 2022.
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Methods: We performed a critical interpretive synthesis, starting with the literature review on sexual behaviors in later life, adding policy documents on aging sexuality, and bringing new perspectives.
Results: Older adults continue to be sexually active. Healthcare professionals lack knowledge and communication skills surrounding aging sexuality and no policies before 2013 mention aging sexuality.
Conclusions: We posit that society's view of later life sexuality reflects on practice, policies, and research on this topic, which influence back society's view.}},
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