Design and validity of a questionnaire to assess sexuality in pregnant women

Design and validity of a questionnaire to assess sexuality in pregnant women

Cibele VC Rudge, Iracema MP Calderon, Adriano Dias, Gerson P Lopes, Angelica P Barbosa, Izildinha Maesta, Jon OYVIND Odland and Marilza VC Rudge

Abstract (provisional)


A review of validated methods for assessing female sexual dysfunction and a review of male and female sexual dysfunction did not refer to any specific questionnaire for evaluating sexuality during pregnancy. A study was performed at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Botucatu Medical School, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil to design and validate a pregnancy sexuality questionnaire, the Pregnancy Sexual Response Inventory (PSRI).

Women with a singleton pregnancy between 10 and 35 weeks of gestation were randomly recruited. There were five phases in the development of the PSRI: (1) item selection; (2) item development; (3) determination of internal consistency, reliability and convergence; (4) content validity; and (5) determination of inter-interviewer reliability. Internal consistency and reliability were evaluated using Cronbach’s alpha. Inter-interviewer reliability was assessed by evaluating the responses of 18 academics at various institutions, using Kappa Index and Student t test.

Good internal consistency and reliability were obtained (Cronbach’s alpha coefficient = 0.79). Among the 18 academics, 13 totally agreed (Kappa= 1.0), three partially agreed (K= 0.67) and two disagreed (K= 0.33) with the proposed questions. Comparisons of the mean PSRI domain scores made between the primary investigators and the other interviewers showed no significant differences in all domains (p>0.05).

PSRI is a new validated instrument for evaluating sexuality and sexual activity and related health concerns during pregnancy.

The complete article is available as a provisional PDF.


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