Attitudes toward Elderly Sexuality

  • Jennifer L. Hillman
Part of the Issues in the Practice of Psychology book series (IPPS)


Our youth-oriented culture views the process of aging as a tragic, narcissistic injury instead of as an opportunity for personal growth and change. Unfortunately, many older adults internalize and generalize these negative attitudes toward their own sexuality, and diminish or cease sexual expression out of fear, disgust, and shame. The attitudes that clinicians hold toward elderly sexuality also can influence their patients’ attitudes toward elderly sexuality.


Down Syndrome Therapeutic Relationship Elderly Adult Sexual Attraction Sexual Expression 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer L. Hillman
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  1. 1.Berks-Lehigh Valley CollegeThe Pennsylvania State UniversityReadingUSA

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