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Article: Older Chinese men and women's experiences and understanding of sexuality

TitleOlder Chinese men and women's experiences and understanding of sexuality
Authors
Issue Date2011
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13691058.asp
Citation
Culture, Health and Sexuality, 2011, v. 13 n. 9, p. 983-999 How to Cite?
AbstractThis 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.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/164582
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dc.contributor.authorYan, Een_US
dc.contributor.authorWu, AMSen_US
dc.contributor.authorHo, Pen_US
dc.contributor.authorPearson, Ven_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-20T08:06:31Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-20T08:06:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationCulture, Health and Sexuality, 2011, v. 13 n. 9, p. 983-999en_US
dc.identifier.issn1369-1058-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/164582-
dc.description.abstractThis 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.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/13691058.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofCulture, Health and Sexualityen_US
dc.subject.meshCultural Diversity-
dc.subject.meshHeterosexuality - psychology-
dc.subject.meshLibido-
dc.subject.meshSocial Perception-
dc.subject.meshSpouses - psychology-
dc.titleOlder Chinese men and women's experiences and understanding of sexualityen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailYan, E: elsieyan@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailHo, P: psyho@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailPearson, V: vpearson@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityYan, E=rp00600en_US
dc.identifier.authorityHo, P=rp00553en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13691058.2011.605471-
dc.identifier.pmid21824033-
dc.identifier.hkuros206272en_US
dc.identifier.volume13en_US
dc.identifier.issue9en_US
dc.identifier.spage983en_US
dc.identifier.epage999en_US
dc.identifier.eissn1464-5351-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000299880300001-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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