HomePhilippine Journal of Psychologyvol. 37 no. 2 (2004)

A Preliminary Survey of Middle Adulthood Sexuality

Aggie Carson-arenas

Discipline: Psychology, Education Administration



This is a preliminary and an exploratory study conducted to determine the sexual enjoyment of middle-aged college faculty members from an educational institution in Angeles City vis-à-vis studies done abroad. The present study surveyed 36 full-time faculty members coming from different colleges: 26 females, and 10 males all within the age range of 40 to 55 (mean age is 46.81). The results suggest that sexual enjoyment is generally conceptualized as being for the young. Both genders in the present study also suggest they are not enjoying sex in their current ages, contrary to findings abroad. Somehow women tend to offer contradicting responses, thus leading to contradicting results. For instance, to the statement “menopause connotes or means decrease in sexual activities” many strongly disagreed, likely implying that they are sexually active after all. Women also gave more ‘undecided’ responses in almost all the options in the questionnaire.