Predictors of college students’ knowledge of and attitudes toward elderly sexuality: The relevance of grandparental contact

Jennifer L. Hillman, George Stricker

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In this study, 241 young and middle-aged adult college students completed the Aging Sexuality Knowledge and Attitude Scale, and provided information about their demographic and grandparental relationship qualities. Findings showed that greater age was associated with increased knowledge of elderly sexuality. Both the presence of contact and greater than average perceptions of closeness with at least one grandparent were predictive of more permissive attitudes toward elderly sexuality. Among the total sample, greater knowledge was related to more permissive attitudes toward elderly sexuality. However, the presence of contact with at least one grandparent moderated this relationship; young adults without grandparental contact presented a nonsignificant knowledge /attitude relationship. These findings suggest that future studies of younger age cohorts’ attitudes toward elderly sexuality should assess grandparental contact and relationship characteristics, as well as general demographic information such as chronological age. Health-care educators also may need to reconsider the commonly held assumption that greater knowledge of elderly sexuality is associated exclusively with more permissive at titudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-555
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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