Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Coming of age at the time of Stonewall: Internalized homophobia, resilience, sexual communication, relationship satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction in aging adults' same-sex relationships
by Fleishman, Jane M., Ph.D., Widener University, 2016, 237; 10120144
Abstract (Summary)

This study assessed sexual satisfaction for individuals 60–75 years of age in same-sex relationships and explored predictors of sexual satisfaction; associations between internalized homophobia, resilience, sexual communication, relationship satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction; and the effects of gender, exclusivity, and length of relationship on sexual satisfaction. Participants (N = 265) were from a non-random sample recruited online who reported high levels of relationship satisfaction and resilience, moderate levels of sexual communication, and low levels of internalized homophobia and sexual satisfaction. The means and standard deviations for each gender were similar. Relationship satisfaction was found to be a predictor for sexual satisfaction. Relationship satisfaction was found to be directly correlated with sexual satisfaction, inversely correlated with internalized homophobia, and directly correlated with resilience; internalized homophobia was found to be inversely correlated with resilience; and length of relationship was found to be inversely correlated with sexual satisfaction. Findings will inform clinicians, sexuality educators, policymakers, and same-sex individuals. Recommendations for sexuality educators, clinicians, and future research are included.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crane, Betsy
Commitee: Koch, Patricia B., Rutter, Philip A.
School: Widener University
Department: Human Sexuality
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 77/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social research, Gerontology, GLBT Studies
Keywords: Aging, Internalized homophobia, LGBTQ, Older adults, Relationship satisfaction, Sexual satisfaction
Publication Number: 10120144
ISBN: 9781339813349
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