Validity and reliability of the geriatric sexuality inventory.

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Journal of gerontological nursing, ISSN: 0098-9134, Vol: 39, Issue: 11, Page: 38-45

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Kazer, Meredith Wallace; Grossman, Sheila; Kerins, Gerard; Kris, Alison E.; Tocchi, Christine
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Effective health care for older adults requires that providers assess and manage sexual health needs with high priority. This assessment begins with an effective sexuality assessment tool. A two-step, research approach was undertaken to develop and test the Geriatric Sexuality Inventory (GSI). Literature and expert review resulted in a 34-item instrument that was initially completed by 34 older adults ages 60 to 91 (mean age = 75). The testing was repeated in 19 of the original participants. The sample was 75% women, and 88% Caucasian with 9% single, 27% married, 18% divorced, and 46% widowed participants. Internal consistency reliability was run on all 53 responses and revealed adequate reliability (alpha = 0.74). Test-retest analysis also revealed good initial instrument reliability (r = 0.78; p < 0.001). Responses to open-ended questions regarding sexual information and care needs supported evidence gathered from the literature. Initial testing of the GSI revealed content validity and good internal consistency and test-retest reliability.