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Older Chinese men and women's experiences and understanding of sexuality
Yan,Elsie1; Wu,Anise Man Sze2; Ho,Petula1; Pearson,Veronica1
Source PublicationCulture, Health and Sexuality
ISSN13691058 14645351

This study explored the meaning of sexuality for older Chinese people from diverse backgrounds and the role of traditional Chinese cultural values in shaping sexual expression. A total of 20 Hong Chinese elders were interviewed. Most reported a rigid definition of sexual behaviour, confining it to heterosexual sexual intercourse. Kissing, hugging and caressing were not considered 'sexual', and same-sex relationships were virtually absent from respondents' conceptions of sexuality. Traditional patriarchal values in relation to sexuality prevailed. Men and women attached different meanings to sexuality. Neither believed that sex was enjoyable for women or that women needed sex in the same way as men. Female participants saw sex as part of their responsibility to procreate and to fulfill their husband's needs. Male participants considered sex to be important for fulfilling their physical drives. The lack of an appropriate partner due to widowhood, the partner's physical condition or a poor spousal relationship apparently accounted for the low levels of sexual activity reported by informants. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

KeywordAttitudes China Hong Kong Old People Sexuality
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WOS Research AreaFamily Studies ; Biomedical Social Sciences
WOS SubjectFamily Studies ; Social Sciences, Biomedical
WOS IDWOS:000299880300001
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Document TypeJournal article
Affiliation1.Department of Social Work and Social AdministrationUniversity of Hong Kong,Hong Kong
2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Macau,Macao
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Yan,Elsie,Wu,Anise Man Sze,Ho,Petula,et al. Older Chinese men and women's experiences and understanding of sexuality[J]. Culture, Health and Sexuality,2011,13(9):983-999.
APA Yan,Elsie,Wu,Anise Man Sze,Ho,Petula,&Pearson,Veronica.(2011).Older Chinese men and women's experiences and understanding of sexuality.Culture, Health and Sexuality,13(9),983-999.
MLA Yan,Elsie,et al."Older Chinese men and women's experiences and understanding of sexuality".Culture, Health and Sexuality 13.9(2011):983-999.
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