t) Sexuality and age: older people, ageing

Note: Also see sections on children, young people, and sexualities.


DeLamater, John. (2012). Sexual expression in later life: A review and synthesis. Journal of Sex Research, 49: 125-141.

Karraker, Amelia, DeLamater, John, and Schwartz, Christine. (2011). Sexual frequency decline from midlife to later life. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences; doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbr058

DeLamater, John, and Amelia Karraker. (2009). Sexual functioning in older adults. Current Psychiatry Reports, 11: 6-11.

DeLamater, John, Janet Hyde, and Mei-Chia Fong. (2008). Sexual satisfaction in the seventh decade of life. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 34: 439-454.

DeLamater, John, and Sara Moorman. (2007). Sexual behavior in later life. Journal of Aging and Health, 2007, 19, 921-945.

DeLamater, John, and Sara Moorman. (2007). Sexuality and aging. In Encyclopedia of Health and Aging, Kyriakos Markides (Ed.), Sage Publications. 

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Birnbaum, G. E., O. Cohen, and V. Wertheimer. (2007). Is it all about intimacy? Age, menopausal status, and women’s sexuality. Personal Relationships, 14: 167-185.

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Adleman, Jeanne et.al (1993). Lambda Grey: A Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Guide for Gay Men and Lesbians Who Are Growing Older. Newcastle Publishing Co.

Arber, S., Davidson, K., & Ginn, J. (eds.) (2003). Changing Approaches to Gender and Later Life (pp. 1-14). Philadelphia: Open University Press.

Bamner, Lois. (1992). In Full Flower: Ageing Women, Power, and Sexuality: A History. New York.

Bouman, Walter Pierre, Jon Arcelus, and Susan Mary Benbow (2006). Nottingham study of sexuality & ageing (NoSSA I). Attitudes regarding sexuality and older people: a review of the literature. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Volume 21 Number 2, May.Calasanti, T., & King, N. (2005). Firming the Floppy Penis: Age, Class, and Gender Relations in the Lives of Old Men. Men and Masculinities, 8(1), 3-23.

Carpenter, L., C. Nathanson and Y. Kim (2009). Physical Women, Emotional Men: Gender and Sexual Satisfaction in Midlife. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 38(1): 87-107.

DeLamater, J. D., and M. Sill. (2005). Sexual Desire in Later Life. Journal of Sex Research, 42(2): 138.

DeLamater, J., J. S. Hyde and M.-C. Fong (2008). Sexual Satisfaction in the Seventh Decade of Life. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 34(5): 439 - 454.

Dillaway, H. E. (2005). (Un)Changing Menopausal Bodies: How women think and act in the face of a reproductive transition and gendered beauty ideals. Sex Roles: A Journal of research 53(1-2).

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Fleming, A. A. (1999). Older men in contemporary discourses on ageing: absent bodies and invisible lives. Nursing Enquiry, 6(1), 3-8.

Friedan, B. (1993). The Fountain of Age. London: Vintage.

Ginsberg, T. B., S. C. Pomerantz, and V. Kramer-Feeley. (2005). Sexuality in older adults: behaviours and preferences. Age and Ageing, 34(5): 475.

Goldman, Juliette D.G., and Graham L. Bradley. (2004). Sexuality information for older people in the technological age. Australian Journal of Primary Health, v.10 no.1 2004: 96-103.

Gott, M., S. Hinchliff, and E. Galena. (2004). General practitioner attitudes to discussing sexual health issues with older people. Social Science & Medicine, 58(11): 2093-2103.

Gott, Merryn, and Sharron Hinchliff. (2003). How Important is Sex in Later Life? The views of older people. Social Science & Medicine, Volume 56, Issue 8, April, pp. 1617-1628.

Gross, G., and R. Blundo. (2005). Viagra: Constructing aging masculinity. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 32(1).

Hays, Terence, Vanda Fortunato, and Victor Minichiello. (1997). Insights Into The Lives of Gay Older Men: A Qualitative Study With Implications For Practitioners. Venereology, 10(2)

Hirshbein, L.D. (2000). The Glandular Solution: Sex, Masculinity, and Aging in the 1920s. Journal of the History of Sexuality. 9(3):277-304, Jul.

Hockey, J., A. Meah, and V. Robinson. (2004). A heterosexual life: Older women and agency within marriage and the family. Journal of Gender Studies, 13(3): 227-238.

Holden, C.A., R.I. McLachlan, R. Cumming, G. Wittert, D.J. Handelsman, D.M. de Kretser, and M. Pitts. (2005). Sexual activity, fertility and contraceptive use in middle-aged and older me: Men in Australia Telephone Survey. Human Reproduction, 20: 3429-3434.

Howard, J. R., S. O. Neill, and C. Travers. (2006). Factors affecting sexuality in older Australian women: sexual interest, sexual arousal, relationships and sexual distress in older Australian women. Climacteric, 9(5): 355.

Hughes, Mark. (2003). Talking About Sexual Identity With Older Men. Australian Social Work, v.56 no. 3, Sept: pp. 258-266.

Johnson, B. K. (1996). Older Adults and Sexuality: A Multidimensional Perspective. Journal of Gerontological Nursing 22(2), 6-15.

Kingsberg, S. A. (2002). The Impact of Aging on Sexual Function in Women and Their Partners. Archives of Sexual Behavior 31(5): 431-437.

Kurt, A. D. (2000). A sound treatment of older men’s sexuality. Journal of Sex Research, 37(2).

Laumann, E., A. Paik, D. Glasser, J. -H. Kang, T. Wang, B. Levinson, E. Moreira, A. Nicolosi, and C. Gingell. (2006). A Cross-National Study of Subjective Sexual Well-Being Among Older Women and Men: Findings From the Global Study of Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35(2): 143-159.

Marsiglo, William, and Richard A. Greer (1994). A Gender Analysis of Older Men’s Sexuality. In Edward H. Thompson Jr., (ed.). Older Men’s Lives. London: Sage.

Minichiello, Victor, David Plummer, and Michael Macklin. (2003). Sex in Australia: Older Australians do it too!. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27(4), pp. 466-467.

Price, Joan. (2006). Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press.

Roughan PA, Kaiser FE, et al. (1993 ). Sexuality and the older woman." Clin Geriatr Med 9(1): 87-106.

Thane, P. (2000). An Untiring Zest For Life: Images and Self-Images of Old Women in England. 25: 235-247.

Trudel, G., V. Villeneuve, A. Anderson, G. Pilon, et al. (2008). Sexual and marital aspects of old age: an update. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 23(2): 161 - 169.

Tunaley, J. R., S. Walsh, et al. (1999). ‘I’m not bad for my age’: the meaning of body size and eating in the lives of older women. Ageing & Society (19): 741-759.

Walz, T. (2002). Crones, Dirty Old Men, Sexy Seniors: Representations of the Sexuality of Older Persons. Journal of Aging and Identity 7(2): 99-112.

Ward, R., A. A. Vass, N. Aggarwal, C. Garfield, and B. Cybyk. (2005). A kiss is still a kiss? The construction of sexuality in dementia care. Dementia, 4(1): 49-72.

Yee, Lesley A., and Kendra J. Sundquist. (2003). Older women’s sexuality. Medical Journal of Australia (2003). 178(12), 16 June, pp. 640-643.

Zilbergeld, Bernie. (2004). Better Than Ever: Love and Sex at Midlife. Norwalk, CT: Crown, House.