a publication of the sexuality and aging consortium at widener university

New Aging Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale in Development

The Aging Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale (ASKAS) was published in 1981 by Charles B. White to assess the aspects of sexual knowledge and attitudes as they relate to older adults.

Although the idea that sexuality is a lifelong need is gaining greater research support and greater acceptability to the general public, few consider the institutionalized aged as having sexual needs or being able to benefit from sexual intimacy. The research presented here indicates that sexual activity in the institutionalized aged is related to their attitudes and behavior to ward sexuality and to their sexual interest level and prior frequency of sexual activity. Institutionalized aged persons evidence sexual needs and do engage in sexual behavior.



White, C. B. ( 1982). Sexual interest, attitudes, knowledge, and sexual history in relation to sexual behavior in the institutionalized aged. Archives of Sexual Behavior Springer Netherlands 11(1), p. 11-21. Doi: 10.1007/BF01541362


Informed Consent I, Stephanie Jacobson, am a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare at the CUNY Graduate Center. I am conducting a study about healthcare provider role in older adult sexuality. You are being asked to participate in a study that aims to inform the development of a reliable and valid scale to measure the role of healthcare providers in older adult sexuality. You have been identified as a possible participant because you are a healthcare provider or researcher who has expertise in this area. It is anticipated that approximately 10 individuals will participate in this phase of the study. Participation in this study is voluntary, and refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which you are entitled.

You are being asked to participate in an interview, either in person or via video conference. During the interview you will be asked questions about your experience discussing sexuality with older adult patients. You will be asked to review an existing scale that measures knowledge and attitudes toward older adult sexuality. You will also be asked to propose items for the development of a new scale. The interview will take place at a mutually agreed upon time and will take about 1 hour. You will be re-contacted in the future to review items and critique the scale. At that time, I will ask for your consent again for that portion of the study.

The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Aging Sexual Knowledge and Attitudes Scale (ASKAS) Charles B. White 1981 in a paper titled “A Scale for the Assessment of Attitudes and Knowledge Regarding Sexuality in the Aged.Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).

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