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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Jun;198(6):710.e1-8; discussion 710.e8-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2008.03.036.

Development and validation of a sexual functioning measure for use in diverse women's health outcome studies.

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Department of Obstetrics, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of the study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Sexual Health Outcomes in Women Questionnaire (SHOW-Q).

STUDY DESIGN:

SHOW-Q was developed to assess the impact of pelvic problems on sexual desire, frequency, satisfaction, orgasm, and discomfort. A total of 1833 English- or Spanish-speaking women enrolled in 5 studies across the United States completed relevant items at baseline and, for 4 studies, periodically thereafter. Participants also completed measures of pelvic symptomatology and health-related quality-of-life including mental and physical component scales (MCS, PCS).

RESULTS:

Factor analysis revealed a 12-item scale with high internal consistency reliability (Cronbach's alpha = 0.86) and 4 reliable subscales (alpha = 0.73 to 0.84). Among sexually active women, SHOW-Q scores showed statistically significant correlations (P < .001) with MCS (0.267), PCS (0.378), body image (.360), and symptom resolution (.237). The SHOW-Q subscales were also correlated with these other measures at baseline and over time.

CONCLUSION:

SHOW-Q is a reliable, valid, and sensitive measure of sexual functioning for use in diverse women's health outcome studies.

PMID:
18538161
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajog.2008.03.036
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