A Study of Older Adults Attending a Program on Human Sexuality: A Pilot Study

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Abstract

This study attempted to ascertain if significant changes took place in older adults' knowledge and attitudes about human sexuality following a two-session course on the subject. Subjects were volunteers who attended a neighborhood center in Miami, Florida. Information was gathered immediately before the first session and after the second session by use of pencil-and-paper tests. Test items were adapted from the Sex Knowledge and Attitude Test and Attitude and Knowledge Assessment. At the first session, small-group discussions followed a large-group instruction period; the second session consist of a 20-minute film on human sexuality, followed by group discussion. Of the 30 participants who took the pretest, only four completed the posttest, although most of the 30 attended the second session.

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