Lifetime abstention of sexual intercourse and health in middle-aged and older adults : Results from wave 2 of the national epidemiologic survey on alcohol and related conditions

Kee Lee CHOU*, Isabella S. F. NG, Kar Ming YU

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the association of lifetime abstention of sexual intercourse with lifetime Axis I and II psychiatric disorders, attempted suicide, past-year Axis I psychiatric disorder, past-year medical condition, past-year obesity, health-related quality of life, and health service use in middle-aged and older adults in the United States. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in the 2004-2005 Wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Analyses were performed for the subsample aged 40 years and older (males = 14,427; female = 19,860). Lifetime abstinence from sexual intercourse, sociodemographic variables, prevalence of lifetime Axis I and II DSM-IV psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia, and attempted suicide, past-year Axis I psychiatric disorders, 14 medical conditions, obesity, health-related quality of life, and health service use were obtained. The prevalence of lifetime abstinence from sexual intercourse was 0.90 % (0.88 % for males; 1.00 % for females). The adjusted risks of any lifetime and past-year Axis I disorder, any lifetime and past-year substance-use disorders, lifetime alcohol-use disorder, lifetime and past-year alcohol-abuse disorder, lifetime nicotine dependence, lifetime drug-use disorder, and lifetime drug-abuse disorder were significantly lower for who abstained from sexual intercourse than for those who did not. However, those who abstained from sexual intercourse were more likely to have a diagnosis of obesity and lifetime avoidant and dependent personality disorders. The unadjusted risk of dysthymic disorder was also significantly greater for those who abstained from sexual intercourse. Results indicate that the effect of lifetime absence of sexual intercourse on psychiatric disorders is mixed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)891-900
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume43
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments The NESARC was conducted and funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, with supplemental support from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. We thank the NIAAA and the U.S. Census Bureau field representatives who administrated the NESARC interviews and made them available for researchers.

Copyright:
Copyright 2014 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Abstinence
  • Middle-aged and older adults
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Sexuality

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