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Associations among Sexual Activity, Relationship Types, and Health in Mid and Later Life



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Archives of Sexual Behavior
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Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Sexuality; Middle-aged and older adults; Later-life Living-Apart-Together (LAT) relationships; Survey of Health and Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE); Czech Republic; Relationship types
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Description Despite a growing amount of research on sexuality in mid and later life, relatively little is known about the associations among sexual activity, relationship types, and health. This paper analyzes data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) for the subpopulation of respondents residing in the Czech Republic (N?=?1304, 49% women; Mage?=?69.1, SDage?=?8.0). Hierarchical ordinal regression models showed that persons who stayed in newly formed or less traditional relationship types, such as dating, Living-Apart-Together (LAT) relationships, and cohabitation, reported a higher frequency of sexual activity than married people. Overall, the dating and LAT relationship group displayed the highest sexual frequency and the lowest incidence of chronic diseases. People in marriages and cohabitation were comparable with respect to the number of chronic diseases. The findings suggest that sexual activity is intertwined with later-life relationships and sexual frequency may vary according to the relationship type. Future research may benefit from probing the extent to which partnered sex is important for maintaining bonds between older partners with separate households.
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