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SOUZA, Mariana de et al. Elderly widows' experience of sexuality and their perceptions regarding the family's opinion. Saude soc. [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.3, pp.936-944. ISSN 0104-1290.

The aim of this study was to describe the experience of sexuality of elderly widows attending an Elderly Community Centre and to verify their perceptions regarding their relatives' opinion. This was a qualitative and descriptive-exploratory research. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and submitted to a thematic content analysis. The following categories emerged: 1) the experience of sexuality was modified after the women became widows, so that the female behavior complies with social norms and rules; 2) the elderly widows assume they have opted for life without a new partner; 3) the family supports social interaction, but there is no statement of support for new loving relationships; and 4) gender issues were redefined in relation to changes in the social role of women after widowhood. We conclude, therefore, that these women do not experience, neither fully nor freely, their sexuality, because they submit to the social norms.

Palavras-chave : Sexuality; Perception; Aged.

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