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Int J Reprod Biomed (Yazd). 2017 Apr;15(4):239-244.

Gaining comprehensive data about sexual knowledge through surveys.

Author information

1
Department of Midwifery, faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran.
2
The Iranian National Center for Addiction Studies (INCAS), Institution for Risk Behavior Reduction, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3
Department of Reproductive Health, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
4
Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.
5
Trauma Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran.
6
School of Medicine, Shahroud University of Medical Sciences, Shahroud, Iran.
7
Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute (ACECR), Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Delivery of sexual health services rely on rigorous facts extracted from surveys, but often those facts cannot be available due to the lack of culturally-sensitive questionnaires.

OBJECTIVE:

our aim was to show the validity and reliability of the Persian version of the Acquisition of Sexual Information Test (ASIT), a measure selected due to its assemblages with Iranian culture.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Forward-backward procedure was applied to translate the questionnaire. Cross-sectional study was carried out and psychometric properties of the Iranian version were tested in a thirty sample of reproductive-age women. Face validity was assessed by qualitative and quantitative methods. Content validity was also assessed by calculating two quantitative indicators as content validity index (CVI) and content validity ratio (CVR). Reliability was assessed by test-retest analyses.

RESULTS:

Impact score was 1.5, the majority of participants (83.3%) stated that the overall level of questionnaire was high but some of the questions were irrelevant to sexual knowledge. Many questions (90%) gained a CVR less than 0.56, and all of them gained CVIs lower than 0.7. Correlation in test-retest reliability was 0.85.

CONCLUSION:

sexual knowledge questionnaire seems to be culturally inappropriate for Iranian women. Although, we need survey data for assessing the evidence-based needs for sexual health and best practice, but the questions addressing various dimensions of sexuality must be culturally sensitive, comprehensive and appropriate. Our findings suggest that ASIT as a well-known measure should be used in Iranian population with caution.

KEYWORDS:

Cross-cultural adaptation; Psychometric properties; Sexual knowledge

PMID:
28835941
PMCID:
PMC5555042

Conflict of interest statement

Authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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