Sharron Hinchliff

Sharron Hinchliff
The University of Sheffield | Sheffield · School of Nursing and Midwifery

PhD

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Introduction
I am a Reader in Psychology & Health at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sheffield. My first degree and PhD are in psychology, and I have been carrying out research, mainly qualitative, into gender and health for over 15 years. My particular interests are in the following overlapping areas: ageing; sexual health; sexual well-being; gender; the psychology of health behaviours.
Additional affiliations
October 2014 - present
The University of Sheffield
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
July 2007 - September 2014
The University of Sheffield
Position
  • Lecturer (research & teaching)
July 2007 - present
The University of Sheffield
Position
  • Lecturer
Education
September 1996 - January 2001
Sheffield Hallam University
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 1993 - June 1996
Sheffield Hallam University
Field of study
  • Psychology

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Publications (104)
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The aim of this study was to explore the sexual lives of older adults in the UK to elucidate their experiences of sexual changes and problems, and the role of intimacy and interpersonal support in coping with these changes. We conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews with 31 participants (aged 66-92, mean = 74, 16 women and 15 men), analysed u...
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Objectives More than 60% of people with dementia live at home, where assistance is usually provided by informal caregivers. Research on the experiences of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) caregivers is limited. This scoping review of the literature synthesizes international evidence on support provision for the population of LGBT c...
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Rationale Sexuality is an important part of life for many older adults, and research is beginning to demonstrate the diversity of sexual agency and sexual expression in middle and later life. There is a lack of qualitative research, however, on the lived experiences of older adults concerning this topic. Objective The aim of this study was to expl...
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Aim To explore the barriers and facilitators to sexual discussions in primary care according to a sample of women aged 50 and older living with Type 2 diabetes. Design A qualitative, interpretative phenomenological analysis study. Methods Ten women aged 50–83 years living with Type 2 diabetes were interviewed between August 2016 ‐March 2017. Data...
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There is increasing concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown’s social and economic consequences on gender-based violence. This study aimed to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender-based violence by comparing the prevalence of spousal violence against women before and during the COVID-19 related lockdown peri...
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This chapter examines the research evidence to present key issues in the sexuality and ageing field. The chapter utilizes a sexual rights framework to contextualize sexuality and ageing for psychiatry and psychiatric practice. It discusses sexual activity in middle and later life and the sexual difficulties that older adults can experience. It expl...
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Background Older adults are at an increased risk of sexual difficulties due to ageing and chronic health conditions. While they experience barriers to seeking and receiving help for sexual difficulties there is a dearth of research about the help-seeking journey. Objective To explore decision-making in context; particularly, the reasons why older...
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There is evidence that emotional intimacy can buffer the distress associated with sexual difficulties. Considering that older adults are at an increased risk of chronic illness, many of which (including their medical treatment) can impact their sexual well-being, the link between intimacy and sexual distress may be particularly relevant for older c...
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This qualitative study explored the barriers and facilitators to sexual communication between older adults and friends. Fifty-three women and men aged 58 and older were interviewed about their intimate relationships and sexual behaviours and attitudes. Findings indicated that talking about sex with friends played an important role in providing supp...
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Sexual well-being is an important part of life for many people aged 60 and older. However, older adults often face barriers to seeking and receiving help for sexual difficulties. This study used data from a probability survey (n=3820) on sexuality and ageing to examine help-seeking in 60-75 year-olds in Norway, Denmark, Belgium, and Portugal. More...
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This presentation was part of my PhD study. The presentation aimed to present findings of the scoping review and identify gaps in the available literature and research questions that should be explored in the context of Saudi Arabia.
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Although the importance of sexuality and physical intimacy for well-being of older adults has been recognized, the role of sexuality in successful aging (SA) has been largely neglected. Building on our previous work, here we further validated a three-dimensional model of SA and examined its associations with sexual satisfaction and change in sexual...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to perform a review of the literature of empirical studies on elder mistreatment (EM) in South Asians, and to discuss key implications for policy, practice and research. Design/methodology/approach For this review, multiple electronic databases in the international health and social science were searched and...
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How do older adults make sense of early sexual experiences with regard to their present sexual well-being? In 2016, a qualitative study on sexual well-being was undertaken among 65- to 85-year-olds of different genders, sexual orientations, and from different social layers. Thirty-two individuals were interviewed. In a thematic analysis, five main...
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Introduction: Despite the popularity and analytical relevance of the concept of successful aging, little efforts have been made to address its relationship to sexuality in older individuals. Aim: To explore the relationship between successful aging and the (retrospectively assessed) change in sexual interest and enjoyment in the past 10 years, u...
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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have risen among older people in Australia and other countries. To guide future initiatives, we examined sources of information that older people use or are willing to use for knowledge about safer sex and STIs, including whether there are any gender differences. A total of 2137 Australian adults aged 60+ year...
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This chapter focuses on the contribution of critical social psychology and sociology to understandings of the sexualities of older adults. Historically, psychological research on ageing has focused on decline and loss, while psychological research on sexuality has tended to exclude older adults. But new directions are being made, and a growing body...
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There is growing evidence that the sexual rights of older people are not being met. One reason, perhaps the main reason, connects with the way that older people are viewed. In many cultures, older age is associated with decline, frailty, and disease - characteristics that are rarely associated with young people - and this construction of the older...
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That many older individuals continue to engage in various forms of sexual expression well into later life is now well established in the literature. To date, however, only a small body of qualitative research has examined older men’s experiences and understandings of sex in later life. Likewise, the ways in which older men’s discussions on sex may...
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Experiences of ageism are associated with poorer health outcomes. Sexual activity and interest are areas in life where the impact of ageism may also be evident as popular culture often depicts the older body as asexual, undesirable or sexually impotent. We explore the possible links between experiences of ageism and sexual activity/interest in late...
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This study explored sexual satisfaction in older heterosexual Australians using data from a national sample of 1,583 men and women aged 60+ who hoped or planned to have sex in the future. Data collection took place in 2015; participants were recruited using a variety of online and offline advertisements. Less than half the sample (46%) reported the...
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Objectives: This article examines relationships between experiences of ageism and four specific mental health outcomes among older Australian adults, including whether these relationships vary depending on age, gender, and sexual orientation. Methods: A survey was conducted nationwide involving 2137 participants aged 60 years and older. Mental heal...
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Objective: Healthcare providers (HCPs) can play an important role in supporting the sexual health of older adults; however, we know little about the experiences of older people in talking to HCPs about sex. This article examines older adults' experiences and perceptions of talking to HCPs about sex. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were condu...
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Objective: Health Care Providers (HCPs) can play an important role in supporting the sexual health of older adults ;however we know little about the experiences of older people in talking to HCPs about sex. This article examines older adults’ experiences and perceptions of talking to HCPs about sex. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducte...
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Sex, Age & Me is the first Australian study of its kind to comprehensively explore sex, sexual health, and the relationships of older Australians aged 60+ years. This report summarises key findings and policy/practice recommendations.
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Objective: To examine older Australian's perspectives on how their sexual lives can best be supported and/or improved. Methods: Fifty-three, semi-structured interviews were conducted with Australian men (n = 30) and women (n = 23) aged 60 and over. Results: Participants identified a range of key issues and areas where their sexual lives could...
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Objective: Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are rising among older Australians. We conducted a large survey of older people's knowledge of STIs and safer sexual practices. Methods: A total of 2,137 Australians aged 60 years and older completed the survey, which included 15 questions assessing knowledge of STIs and safer sexual pra...
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Background The prevalence of fathers’ depression and anxiety in the perinatal period (i.e. from conception to 1 year after birth) is approximately 5–10%, and 5–15%, respectively; their children face increased risk of adverse emotional and behavioural outcomes, independent of maternal mental health. Critically, fathers can be protective against the...
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Older people are often excluded from large studies of sexual health, as it is assumed that they are not having sex or are reluctant to talk about sensitive topics, and are therefore difficult to recruit. We outline the sampling and recruitment strategies from a recent study on sexual health and relationships among older people. Sex, Age and Me was...
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Rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are increasing in older cohorts in Western countries such as Australia, the U.K. and the U.S., suggesting a need to examine the safer sex knowledge and practices of older people. This article presents findings from 53 qualitative interviews from the study “Sex, Age & Me: a National Study of Sex and Re...
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This paper examines the preferred sexuality education sources of older Australian adults in later life. Drawing on findings from qualitative interviews with 30 men and 23 women aged 60 years and older, we consider the sources that participants currently use, or would like to use, in seeking information about sex. Where relevant, we examine particip...
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Background: Rates of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are increasing among older adults in many countries. Little is known about the testing and treatment histories of these populations. Correlates of testing in the past 5 years among older adults who may be at risk of a STI were examined. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of 2137 Austra...
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The re is a growing body of evidence demonstrating that sexual activity is important to the quality of life of older adults, and that it can be influenced by physical, psychological and social factors . However, older adults’ experiences of sexual difficulties remain relatively unexplored . This paper draws on qualitative data collected as part of...
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In 2012/2013 the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) included a comprehensive Sexual Relationships and Activities Questionnaire (SRA-Q). A total of 7,079 men and women mainly aged 50 to >90, primarily heterosexual and in a coupled relationship, completed the SRA-Q, answering a series of questions about their attitudes to sexual relationship...
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Les infections sexuellement transmissibles (IST), dont le VIH, ont récemment augmenté dans le monde parmi les adultes âgés de plus de 45 ans. Peu de données sont disponibles sur les connaissances relatives aux IST autres que le VIH chez les adultes d’âge moyen. Cette étude qualitative souhaitait comprendre les connaissances des adultes d’âge moyen...
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The body of evidence on older adults’ sexual health is beginning to grow. However, it remains an under-researched area particularly within the social sciences. This letter to the editor outlines four considerations for those who carry out social science research in this area: 1. defining the age category ‘older adults’; 2. being clear about the typ...
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In 2012/2013 the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) included a comprehensive Sexual Relationships and Activities questionnaire (SRA-Q). A total of 7,079 men and women aged 50 to >90, primarily heterosexual and in a coupled relationship, completed the SRA-Q answering a series of questions about their attitudes to sexual relationships, their...
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Aims and objectives: To explore qualitative evidence in older women with a history of intimate partner violence and their accounts and experiences of mental health. Background: Intimate partner violence significantly impacts the health and well-being of women who experience it. However, women who experience intimate partner violence do not form...
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The secret sex lives of older people that can make us rethink our idea of intimacy It’s not often you see people over-50 having sex on screen. It’s so rare, in fact, that the sex scenes in 45 Years, the recent film about the approaching anniversary of a retired couple, became one of the main talking points in its coverage. And yet a sizeable mino...
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When it comes to older people and sex, doctors put their heads in the sand Sharron Hinchliff , University of Sheffield The sex lives of older people have received a lot of attention recently. From the Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie , which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (both in their 70s) and does not shy away from the issue of sex, to the...
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Play therapy is an intervention traditionally used with children that is beginning to be used with adults. One area of use is within the psychosexual context; however, there is an absence of empirical research in this area. This qualitative study explored therapists’ perspectives on using play therapy techniques in psychosexual therapy. The 16 part...
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To gain an in-depth understanding of women's experiences of performing pelvic floor muscle exercises for urinary incontinence and the impact on their sexuality. Urinary incontinence is not a life-threatening disorder; however, it has been shown to have detrimental effects on quality of life in terms of psychological, social and sexual dysfunction....
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8 March 2013 saw the launch of a compendium of essays which highlighted the challenges and opportunities of ageing for women in the UK and across the globe.1 The 38 essays, written by a range of authors (including politicians, policy-makers, academics and campaigners) discussed topics around health and wellbeing, finances and work, care and caring,...
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Purpose: This paper examines the ways that sexy ‘older’ women have begun to be represented in contemporary media. It draws on the work of feminist scholars to elaborate a theoretical framework for understanding constructions of ageing female sexualities. Background: In television and film, female sexuality has traditionally been connected with yo...
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To explore women's understandings of sexual problems. Prevailing knowledge about women's sexual problems has prioritised the material body. Particular attention is given to the importance of penetrative sexual intercourse, orgasm and the reproductive imperative, which fail to take account of contextual factors that contribute to women's experiences...
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(1) To determine the impact of treatment and recovery on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of endometrial cancer (EC) patients. (2) To explore how treatment types and delivery affect HRQoL and invite suggestions for improvement. Qualitative study. In-depth, semi-structured interviews at 3, 6, 9 or 12 months post-treatment were carried out...
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The current focus on sexual activity in middle and late adulthood as having benefits for health and well-being sits alongside consistent evidence that individuals in these age groups are often reluctant to discuss sexual issues with health professionals (HPs). A literature review was carried out to explore the topic further. Twenty-five articles, w...
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Every year since 2004, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has recorded increasing levels of immigration with nearly 600,000 immigrants entering the UK in 2011 (ONS 2012). More than 50 per cent of these immigrants were women. With this increasing immigration to the UK, a review of the literature was conducted to understand the experiences that...
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In the first of this two part article, the methods of the literature review looking at immigrant women's perceptions of their maternity were outlined along with the first two themes identified, including communication and impediments to access of maternity care. In this concluding part, the remaining three themes of the literature review will be di...
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Background: Sexual health and well-being are important quality of life issues for older adults yet are often unacknowledged by health professionals (HPs). This presentation will examine the factors that help or hinder HP-older adult interactions about sexual issues. Methods: A systematic review of the literature identified twenty-five articles tha...
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Previous qualitative research on women's sexual problems has documented the ways in which they can impact psychological well-being as well as women's close interpersonal relationships. However, little attention has been paid to the ways that women with sexual problems negotiate sexual contact in the context of a relationship where sexual activity h...
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Object of study: The sexual health needs of people at mid and later life tend to get overlooked at both a political and professional level. This presentation will explore the reasons why, by looking at barriers to seeking and receiving help for sexual concerns and difficulties. Method: Evidence from a range of sources, including a literature revi...
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Object of study: This study explored women’s own perspectives on the changes they encountered in their sex lives at midlife and menopause. Method: Twelve British women who had recently experienced natural menopause were interviewed in-depth. Data were analysed using a material-discursive approach. Results: The majority of participants experienc...
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Whether male researchers can conduct qualitative research with female participants, and interpret accounts of their lives, is a contentious issue within the feminist literature. Academics and activists argue that not all researchers are uniformly positioned, in terms of social location, or possess the necessary lived experiences to conduct feminist...
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Research consistently reports that older people tend not to seek medical help for sexual concerns or difficulties. This article reviews the literature to examine help-seeking for, and doctor-patient interactions about, sexual problems in the middle and later life age groups. Twenty-five articles from 1999 to 2010 were identified and analyzed. Signi...
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Based upon the findings of a qualitative in-depth interview study with 23 women aged 23–72 years recruited from members of the general public and a psychosexual clinic, this paper explores participants understandings of the term “sexuality”. The findings are set within the context of historical, prevailing and often contradictory perceptions of the...
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Most research on sex and menopause has been conducted within a biomedical framework describing how, for example, declining hormone levels result in reduced sexual desire. Little research has examined women's own perspectives. In this article we present an analysis of interview data from 12 British women experiencing natural menopause. Analysis iden...
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This article explores heterosexual women's accounts of sexual, desire loss, particularly the ways in which it can affect their sense of themselves, as women. In-depth interviews were conducted with 17 participants recruited, through a psychosexual clinic in England, and the data analysed using a, material-discursive approach. The findings showed th...
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This paper will examine the relationship between ageing and sexuality with the aim of understanding, from women’s own perspectives, the changes they experience in sexual function at midlife. Participants were recruited from the patient register at two general practices in the North of England, UK, and twelve women (aged 48-60) took part. Data were...
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The UK, like many other western societies, has witnessed significant shifts in attitudes towards sexual activity, relationships and ageing over the past 50 years. These have occurred alongside key political movements (e.g. feminism and gay rights), progressions in law (e.g. Abortion Act and Divorce Reform Act) and developments in healthcare (e.g. t...
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The UK has an increasing ageing population and, like other western societies, has undergone several significant shifts over the last 50 years, including attitudes towards sexual activity, relationships and growing older. Drawing on evidence from a range of sources and a number of disciplines, this editorial examines the potential sexual and reprodu...
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Aim: Drawing on women’s own perspectives, this paper will examine decision-making around HRT. Method: In-depth interviews were conducted with 47 women, aged 48 to 61, registered with GPs in Barnsley (21 had never used HRT, 20 had used it previously and 6 were using at the time of interview). Data were analysed thematically. Results: Participants...
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Cultural representations of aging and sexuality combine to paint a particular picture of mid and later life for women: menopause is constructed as a time when women either lose or renew their interest in sex, and later life a time when sexual activity no longer assumes importance yet remains vital to healthy aging. This article examines the importa...
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Background: Cultural representations of ageing and sexuality combine to paint a particular picture of mid and later life for women: menopause is constructed as a time when women either lose or renew their interest in sex, and later life a time when sexual activity no longer assumes importance yet remains vital to healthy ageing. This paper examines...
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Objectives: The findings of a recent survey - that women are viewed as partially responsible for being raped if they flirt, wear ‘sexy’ clothes or have had many sexual partners (Amnesty International, 2005) - demonstrate that disturbing, and somewhat damaging, beliefs about women and sex exist. Given the significance of these findings for women’s h...
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Claims have been made of the benefits of reminiscence for older people's psychological health. The study reported here set out to determine whether measures of reminiscence, regrets, and activity participation would be associated with psychological health in older people, when age, dependency, self-reported health, and social well-being were contro...
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The present paper explores general practitioners' (GPs') perspectives on the difficulties which they face when discussing sexual health issues with lesbian and gay patients in primary care consultations. It draws upon data obtained from a qualitative interview study with 22 GPs aged between 34 and 57 years who were practising in Sheffield, UK. Inte...
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Research on older people and sexuality rarely go hand-in-hand. Indeed, there is a striking absence of older people within sexuality studies, and also a lack of acknowledgement of sexuality within studies of older people. When sexuality is addressed, it tends to focus (rather narrowly) on sexually-related problems. In order to move away from the dis...
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Background: Research indicates that sexual problems affect a large number of women in the UK and that they can have a negative impact on well-being and quality of life. One of the most common sexual problems for UK women is loss of desire, however few studies have explored desire loss from the perspectives of women themselves. Purpose: This paper...