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J Sex Marital Ther. 2014;40(2):123-38. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2012.691951. Epub 2013 Jun 14.

Marital quality and older men's and women's comfort discussing sexual issues with a doctor.

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a Department of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln , Lincoln , Nebraska , USA.

Abstract

It is not uncommon for older adults to feel uncomfortable engaging in sexual health communication with a doctor. Nevertheless, there is reason to expect that marital quality is associated with older adults' comfort discussing sexual issues with a doctor. This study examined the relation between marital quality and comfort discussing sexual issues with a doctor among older married men and women using a nationally representative sample of older adults. Data were analyzed using partial proportional odds models. Positive marital quality predicted higher levels of comfort discussing sexual issues with a doctor, but only for men. In contrast, negative marital quality had no significant effect on comfort discussing sex with a doctor for men or women. These results suggest that for older married men, a positive marriage is an important factor in promoting comfort in regard to sexual health communication with a doctor.

PMID:
23768061
DOI:
10.1080/0092623X.2012.691951
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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