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Perceptions of well-being in sexual ill health: what role does age play?

Hinchliff, S. and Gott, M. (2004) Perceptions of well-being in sexual ill health: what role does age play? Journal of Health Psychology, 9 (5). pp. 649-660. ISSN 1359-1053


This article explores the ways in which age can mediate the impact of sexual health problems on psychological well-being, and reports a qualitative interview study with 69 participants (aged 31–92). Data were analysed using ‘Framework’ and the following themes identified. Participants self-defined their sexual health problems, and these included tiredness, erectile dysfunction and menopause. Older participants reported more physical conditions of a long-term nature and younger participants experienced more shorter-term problems. The effect these had on the sufferer varied with regard to perceived aetiology and longevity of the problem, for instance older participants perceived some problems as age-related which buffered impact on well-being. The findings are discussed in relation to their implications for health care and policy development.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: ageing, impact, psychological well-being, sexual health
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Sharron Hinchliff
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2010 08:47
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 04:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105304045361
Status: Published
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/1359105304045361
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10738

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