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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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SILVA, Luiz Antônio da; FRANCA, Lucia Helena de Freitas Pinho  and  HERNANDEZ, José Augusto Evangelho. Love, sexual attitudes and index risk to sexually transmitted diseases in the elderly. Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2017, vol.17, n.1, pp. 323-342. ISSN 1808-4281.

The growing aging population and the issues related to elderly have received prominence in the social sciences and health. This study investigated the possible relationship between perceptions of love and sexual attitudes and the contagion risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) in old age. They evaluated 352 healthy older participantes of the State of Rio de Janeiro, who answered Triangular Scale Sternberg Love (ETAS), the Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale (BSAS) and a sociodemographic questionnaire also assessed the degree of risk to STDs during sexual intercourse of the elderly. The Exploratory Factor Analysis revealed psychometric weaknesses with the adapted version of BSAS that invalidated most of the items and factors, except for the permittivity factor. Significantly higher levels were determined in permissiveness for men compared to women. The results revealed that the higher the overall level in ETAS the higher is the risk of STDs for women; women adopt the guidance guidance in the relational-centered sex in person while men, more recreational and body-centered; the higher the age and lower level of permissiveness the lower is the risk of STDs, for men. It is suggested that future studies can replicate this research with other samples of elderly.

Keywords : love; sexual attitudes; sexually transmitted diseases; elderly.

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