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J Homosex. 2014;61(6):781-816. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2014.870452.

A systematic review of sexual dysfunction measures for gay men: how do current measures measure up?

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a Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress , National University of Ireland Galway , Galway , Ireland.


The measurement of subjective components of sexual functioning is of increasing importance in clinical research and practice. Differences have been reported in prevalence rates and experiences of sexual difficulties between heterosexual and gay men. The aim of this article is to identify reliable and valid measures of sexual dysfunction suitable for use with gay men. Seven measures were reviewed; details about item development, dimensionality, reliability, and validity are provided. Heteronormative and heterosexist wording were evident throughout. Several areas of concern emerged in relation to psychometric properties (e.g., questionable validity). No psychometrically robust sexual function measure was identified for use with gay populations.


gay men; psychometrics; self-report measures; sexual dysfunction

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