Dr Sharron Hinchliff
PhD, BSc(Hons), PGCertHE
Division of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences School
PGR Lead for Division of Nursing and Midwifery
+44 114 222 2045
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Dr Sharron Hinchliff is Reader in Psychology and Health at the Division of Nursing and Midwifery where she leads the ageing, gender, and sexual health/sexual well-being programme of research. Sharron has worked in this area for over 20 years, and uses insights from psychology to address inequalities and the problem of discrimination in healthcare and wider society. Key to her work is innovation and resource development, some examples are below.
From 2018 Sharron has collaborated with Pete McKee, an artist from Sheffield, on the Age of Love project which uses art and light humour to raise awareness of a topic that is rarely talked about: the intimate relationships of older adults. The project was launched at Festival of the Mind 2018.
She recently co-edited (with Dr Catherine Barrett) the book ‘Addressing the sexual rights of older people: Theory, policy and practice’. It draws on interdisciplinary and international research to provide health and social care staff and service providers with an evidence-based framework for supporting the sexual rights of older adults.
And in 2019 the public health website agesexandyou.com, which Sharron designed, was launched. The website is the first in the UK that provides easy to find, reliable information, for people aged 50 and older about the sexual changes they might face. It is used by health professionals as well as older adults themselves.
Sharron has a PhD and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.
- Research interests
Sharron's research spans the areas of ageing, gender and sexual/reproductive health, as well as the psychology of health and health care.
Methodologically, her expertise lies in qualitative research, vulnerable groups, and sensitive topics.
Current/ recent projects
- Understanding the relationship and intimacy needs of people living with dementia (NIHR);
- An examination of older people and sexual risk-taking (Australian Research Council);
- The development of tools and learning resources to improve health professionals' understanding of, and communication about, intimacy and sexuality in the third age (Erasmus+);
- A cross-European project which looks at healthy sexual ageing (Norwegian Research Council);
- An exploration of perinatal mental health in male partners (White Rose University Consortium).
- Relationship intimacy, sexual distress, and help-seeking for sexual problems among older European couples : a hybrid dyadic approach. International Journal of Impotence Research. View this article in WRRO
- Seeking-help for sexual difficulties : findings from a study with older adults in four European countries. European Journal of Ageing. View this article in WRRO
- Linking the past and the present: Constructing meaning from childhood emotional and sexual experiences towards present sexual well-being in older adults. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. View this article in WRRO
- Successful aging, change in sexual interest and sexual satisfaction in couples from four European Countries. European Journal of Ageing, 16(2), 155-165. View this article in WRRO
- Successful Aging and Changes in Sexual Interest and Enjoyment Among Older European Men and Women. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15(10), 1393-1402. View this article in WRRO
- Sexual Satisfaction Among Older Australian Heterosexual Men and Women: Findings from the Sex, Age & Me Study. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44(3), 295-307. View this article in WRRO
- Older Adults’ Experiences of Sexual Difficulties: Qualitative Findings From the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA). Journal of Sex Research, 55(2), 152-163. View this article in WRRO
- Sources of information-seeking on sexually transmitted infections and safer sex by older heterosexual Australian men and women. Educational Gerontology. View this article in WRRO
- Elder mistreatment in South Asian communities: a review of the literature. The Journal of Adult Protection, 20(5/6), 193-206.
- Talking to healthcare providers about sex in later life: Findings from a qualitative study with older Australian men and women. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 36(4), E50-E56. View this article in WRRO
- Fathers’ views and experiences of their own mental health during pregnancy and the first postnatal year: a qualitative interview study of men participating in the UK Born and Bred in Yorkshire (BaBY) cohort. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17. View this article in WRRO
- The impact of experiences of ageism on sexual activity and interest in later life. Ageing & Society. View this article in WRRO
- The Importance of Sex and the Meaning of Sex and Sexual Pleasure for Men Aged 60 and Older Who Engage in Heterosexual Relationships: Findings from a Qualitative Interview Study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(7), 2097-2110. View this article in WRRO
- Experiences of ageism and the mental health of older adults. Aging and Mental Health. View this article in WRRO
- Sexually active older Australian's knowledge of sexually transmitted infections and safer sexual practices. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(3), 259-261. View this article in WRRO
- Improving the sexual lives of older Australians: Perspectives from a qualitative study. Australasian Journal on Ageing. View this article in WRRO
- Safer Sex in Later Life: Qualitative Interviews With Older Australians on Their Understandings and Practices of Safer Sex. Journal of Sex Research, 55(2), 164-177. View this article in WRRO
- The Sex, Age, and Me study: recruitment and sampling for a large mixed-methods study of sexual health and relationships in an older Australian population. Culture, Health & Sexuality. View this article in WRRO
- Learning about sex in later life: sources of education and older Australian adults. Sex Education. View this article in WRRO
- Self-reported testing and treatment histories among older Australian men and women who may be at risk of a sexually transmissible infection. Sexual Health. View this article in WRRO
- Sexual health and older adults: suggestions for social science research. Reproductive Health Matters, 24(48), 52-54. View this article in WRRO
- Socio-cultural influences upon knowledge of sexually transmitted infections: a qualitative study with heterosexual middle-aged adults in Scotland. Reproductive Health Matters. View this article in WRRO
- Let's talk about sex – what do older men and women say about their sexual relations and sexual activities? A qualitative analysis of ELSA Wave 6 data. Ageing and Society. View this article in WRRO
- Older women, intimate partner violence and mental health: a consideration of the particular issues for health and health care practice.. Journal of Clinical Nursing. View this article in WRRO
- The perspectives of psychosexual therapists towards using play therapy techniques in sex and relationship therapy: A qualitative study. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 30(4), 408-418. View this article in WRRO
- Experience of pelvic floor muscle exercises among women in Taiwan: a qualitative study of improvement in urinary incontinence and sexuality. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(13-14), 1985-1994. View this article in WRRO
- Understanding the impact of the treatment pathway upon the health-related quality of life of women with newly diagnosed endometrial cancer - a qualitative study.. Eur J Oncol Nurs, 18(2), 211-217.
- Immigrant women's perceptions of their maternity care: A review of the literature part 2. Practising Midwife, 16(2), 32-34.
- Immigrant women's perceptions of their maternity care: A review of the literature part 1. Practising Midwife, 16(1), 20-22.
- Women's understandings of sexual problems: Findings from an in-depth interview study. Journal of Clinical Nursing.
- A qualitative study of heterosexual women's attempts to renegotiate sexual relationships in the context of severe sexual problems.. Arch Sex Behav, 41(5), 1253-1261.
- Controversies and contentions: a gay man conducting research with women about their understandings of sexuality, sex and sexual problems.. Cult Health Sex, 13(6), 699-712.
- Seeking medical help for sexual concerns in mid- and later life: a review of the literature.. J Sex Res, 48(2-3), 106-117.
- Contemporary women's understandings of female sexuality: Findings from an in-depth interview study. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 26(1), 84-95.
- Sex, menopause and social context: a qualitative study with heterosexual women.. J Health Psychol, 15(5), 724-733.
- Commentary on Watson R (2009) editorial: the war on old age--should nursing declare neutrality? Journal of Clinical Nursing 18, 1229-1230.. J Clin Nurs, 18(21), 3059-3060. View this article in WRRO
- Holding onto womanhood: a qualitative study of heterosexual women with sexual desire loss.. Health (London), 13(4), 449-465. View this article in WRRO
- Ageing and sexual health in the UK: how should health psychology respond to the challenges?. J Health Psychol, 14(3), 355-360. View this article in WRRO
- Challenging social myths and stereotypes of women and aging: heterosexual women talk about sex.. J Women Aging, 20(1-2), 65-81.
- Original sources. PSYCHOLOGIST, 19(9), 553-553.
- Reminiscence, regrets and activity in older people in residential care: associations with psychological health.. Br J Clin Psychol, 44(Pt 4), 543-561.
- 'I daresay I might find it embarrassing': general practitioners' perspectives on discussing sexual health issues with lesbian and gay patients.. Health Soc Care Community, 13(4), 345-353. View this article in WRRO
- "Opening a can of worms": GP and practice nurse barriers to talking about sexual health in primary care.. Fam Pract, 21(5), 528-536.
- Perceptions of well-being in sexual ill health: what role does age play?. J Health Psychol, 9(5), 649-660. View this article in WRRO
- General practitioner attitudes to discussing sexual health issues with older people.. Soc Sci Med, 58(11), 2093-2103.
- GPs' perceptions of the gender-related barriers to discussing sexual health in consultations--a qualitative study.. Eur J Gen Pract, 10(2), 56-60.
- The new Hite Report: The revolutionary Report on Female Sexuality updated. Sexualities, Evolution and Gender, 6(2-3), 195-207.
- Barriers to seeking treatment for sexual problems in primary care: a qualitative study with older people.. Fam Pract, 20(6), 690-695.
- Reminiscence: is living in the past good for wellbeing?. Nursing and Residential Care, 5(10), 489-491.
- How important is sex in later life? The views of older people.. Soc Sci Med, 56(8), 1617-1628.
- The meaning of ecstasy use and clubbing to women in the late 1990s. International Journal of Drug Policy, 12(5-6), 455-468. View this article in WRRO
- Talking about sex with friends: Perspectives of older adults from the Sex, Age and Me study in Australia. Culture, Health and Sexuality.
- Menopause In Gu D & Dupre ME (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging Springer View this article in WRRO
- Ageing Sexualities Through a Critical Lens: Bringing Social Psychology, Sociology, and Intersectionality into Dialogue, Psychologies of Ageing (pp. 51-77). Springer International Publishing
- Bundles of Potential, Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People (pp. 14-28). Routledge
- Conclusion, Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People (pp. 154-165). Routledge
- The Challenges in Reducing Stis While Fulfilling and Enhancing the Sexual Rights of Older People, Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People (pp. 111-124). Routledge
- Conclusion: Moving forward, implementing change, Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People: Theory, Policy and Practice (pp. 154-166).
- Introduction to the Sexual Rights of Older People, Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People (pp. 1-13). Routledge
- Bundles of potential: The sexual rights of older people, Addressing the Sexual Rights of Older People: Theory, Policy and Practice (pp. 14-28).
- Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Sexing Up the Midlife Woman: Cultural Representations of Ageing, Femininity and the Sexy Body, Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (pp. 63-77). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Reminiscence in everyday talk between older people and their carers, Society for the Study of Human Biology (pp. 35-50). CRC Press
- Ageing and Sexualities Routledge
- Sexing Up the Midlife Woman, Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism Palgrave Macmillan
Conference proceedings papers
- O26 ‘It just gives you the heebie jeebies’ : late middle-aged adults’ engagement with knowledge of sexually transmitted infections. Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vol. 93(Suppl 1) (pp a9-a9). Belfast, UK, 18 June 2017 - 20 June 2017. View this article in WRRO
- WHAT DO OLDER MEN AND WOMEN SAY ABOUT THEIR SEXUAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING? A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS. The Gerontologist, Vol. 56(Suppl_3) (pp 132-132)
- A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF THE CHANGES IN SEXUAL LIFE WOMEN CAN EXPERIENCE AT MIDLIFE AND MENOPAUSE. J SEX MED, Vol. 8 (pp 225-225)
- BARRIERS TO SEEKING AND RECEIVING HELP FOR SEXUAL CONCERNS IN MID AND LATER LIFE. J SEX MED, Vol. 8 (pp 103-103)
- Does age affect the perceived importance of sex to quality of life?. PSYCHOL HEALTH, Vol. 20 (pp 98-98)
- Intimacy, commitment, and adaptation: Sexual relationships within long-term marriages. JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS, Vol. 21(5) (pp 595-609) View this article in WRRO
- Managing a sexual relationship in the context of 'not wanting it': Experiences from women who have lost sexual desire. Psychology and Health, Vol. 19(SUPPL. 1) (pp 79)
- 'Opening a can of worms': Professional attitudes towards discussing sexual health with older people in primary care. GERONTOLOGIST, Vol. 43 (pp 578-578)
- Discussing later life sexual health issues in primary care: Patient and professional perspectives. GERONTOLOGIST, Vol. 42 (pp 414-414)
- Sexual well-being and older adults: Current understandings and future directions. British Society of Gerontology Annual conference
- The sexual well-being of older people: exploring intersections of gender, age and sexual orientation. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, 26 April 2016 - 28 April 2016.
- Teaching interests
Qualitative research; health psychology; health promotion; sexual and reproductive health; sexual well-being; psychology of ageing and gender.
- Professional activities
- Committee member of the Sheffield Sexual Health Network
- Postgraduate Research Lead at the Division of Nursing & Midwifery
- Lead for a large portfolio of Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange projects on the sexual rights of older adults
- Peer reviewer for a range of funding bodies and international journals
- Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy