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J Affect Disord. 1987 Jul-Aug;13(1):61-6.

Assessment of sexual function, interest and activity in depressed men.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA 15213.


Sexual function, interest, and activity were assessed in drug-free outpatient depressed men (n = 26) and in age-matched healthy control men (n = 20) by means of the Derogatis Sexual Functioning Inventory (DSFI), a retrospective sexual function questionnaire (SFQ), and a prospective daily sexual function log. Good test-retest reliability over 1 month was demonstrated for the DSFI and the SFQ in depressives and controls. Compared to healthy controls, depressed men reported significantly lower sexual interest and satisfaction, but no less sexual activity, on both retrospective questionnaires and prospective daily logs. Depressed men also showed significantly more negative body image and less 'manly' sexual role function as measured by the DSFI. Significant partial correlations (controlling for the effects of anxiety) were found between severity of depression and sexual interest, satisfaction, and role.

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