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Racial and socioeconomic disparities in sexual activity among older married Malaysians


Momtaz, Yadollah Abolfathi and Tengku Abdul Hamid, Tengku Aizan and Ibrahim, Rahimah and Nor Akahbar, Siti Aisyah (2014) Racial and socioeconomic disparities in sexual activity among older married Malaysians. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 58 (1). pp. 51-55. ISSN 0167-4943; ESSN: 1872-6976


Sexuality as an important part of life has not been well studied in Malaysia, particularly among older adults. The main aim of this study was to investigate the racial and socioeconomic differences in sexual activity among older married Malaysians. Data for this study consisting of 1036 older married adults aged 60 years and older were obtained from the nationwide community-based cross-sectional survey entitled “Determinants of Wellness among Older Malaysian: A Health Promotion Perspective”, conducted in 2010. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 21 for Windows. The results showed that 57.3% (95% CI: 54.3–60.3) of the respondents (61.6% of men and 50.6% of women) had engaged in sexual intercourse during the last 12 months. The adjusted multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that ethnicity and educational attainment were independently and significantly associated with sexual activity, after controlling for the possible confounding effects of chronic medical conditions and demographic characteristics. The findings from this study do support the notion that sexuality is a lifelong need and cultural teachings and formal education may have important role in maintaining the quality of sexuality in later life.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Human Ecology
Institute of Gerontology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.archger.2013.08.003
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Aged; Ethnicity; Sexual activity; Socioeconomic status
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2015 11:19
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2016 01:07
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/35145
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