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Sexual Difficulties in People 50+ : A Content Analysis of Sex-related Queries Posted on Professional Counseling Websites

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Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Health Communication
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Keywords Sexual difficulties; Aging; the internet; Sexual health; Online help-seeking behavior; Czech Republic
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Description Although sexual activity has been found to be both important and challenging for people aged 50+, relatively little is known about the concerns that they have with respect to their sexual lives and how help-seeking behavior manifests on counseling platforms. A sample of 293 sex-related queries that Czechs aged 50+ posted on professional counseling websites were subjected to a quantitative and qualitative content analysis. The majority of posts were written by men and their dominant issues were erectile difficulties, partner’s lack of interest in sex, and drug use/interaction when treating sexual difficulties and other ailments. Using a thematic analysis, the study showed that sex-related concerns were based within the context of worries about maintaining relationships and re-partnering in mid- and later life, and probing for the normal aspects of aging and the associated changes in sexual health. The online setting of the counseling websites facilitated the posting of both general and personalized queries to get oriented in problems, to triangulate with previous information, and to check the treatability of difficulties when past treatments failed. These findings suggest that online counseling puts a great demand on professionals’ knowledge and understanding of the specifics of later-life sexual health.
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