In this paper we review and evaluate the status of information regarding sexual dysfunction in advanced age.
We argue that the behavioral approach has considerable promise for the conceptualization of the sexual problems of older adults, because in rejecting the medical model of nomothetically defining psychological disorders, it allows for considerable variability for individuals to define their problems in living.
The great heterogeneity in health and psychological functioning that is found among the elderly can be mirrored in the heterogeneity of problem definitions.
Further, the behavioral approach views problem definition as a behavior that may be a product of problematic societal contingencies that may need to be addressed themselves.
The utility of this feature for guiding behavior therapists in helping their elderly clients understand their sexual functioning is discussed.
Finally, we propose a research agenda that addresses the limitations in the extant literature regarding the assessment and treatment of sexual dysfunction in old age.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble comportement sexuel, Sexualité, Erection pathologie, Etiologie, Epidémiologie, Article synthèse, Thérapie comportementale, Vieillard, Homme, Orgasme pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Sexual behavior disorder, Sexuality, Erection disorders, Etiology, Epidemiology, Review, Behavior therapy, Elderly, Human
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Code Inist : 002B18I06. Création : 19/12/1997.