Article

The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI): Cross-Validation and Development of Clinical Cutoff Scores

epartment of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA.
Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (Impact Factor: 1.27). 01/2005; 31(1):1-20. DOI: 10.1080/00926230590475206
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) is a brief multidimensional scale for assessing sexual function in women. The scale has received initial psychometric evaluation, including studies of reliability, convergent validity, and discriminant validity (Meston, 2003; Rosen et al., 2000). The present study was designed to crossvalidate the FSFI in several samples of women with mixed sexual dysfunctions (N = 568) and to develop diagnostic cut-off scores for potential classification of women's sexual dysfunction. Some of these samples were drawn from our previous validation studies (N = 414), and some were added for purposes of the present study (N = 154). The combined data set consisted of multiple samples of women with sexual dysfunction diagnoses (N = 307), including female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD), hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), female sexual orgasm disorder (FSOD), dyspareunia/vaginismus (pain), and multiple sexual dysfunctions, in addition to a large sample of nondysfunctional controls (n = 261). We conducted analyses on the individual and combined samples, including replicating the original factor structure using principal components analysis with varimax rotation. We assessed Cronbach's alpha (internal reliability) and interdomain correlations and tested discriminant validity by means of a MANOVA (multivariate analysis of variance; dysfunction diagnosis x FSFI domain), with Bonferroni-corrected post hoc comparisons. We developed diagnostic cut off scores by means of standard receiver operating characteristics-curves and the CART (Classification and Regression Trees) procedure. Principal components analysis replicated the original five-factor structure, including desire/arousal, lubrication, orgasm, pain, and satisfaction. We found the internal reliability for the total FSFI and six domain scores to be good to excellent, with Cronbach alpha's >0.9 for the combined sample and above 0.8 for the sexually dysfunctional and nondysfunctional samples, independently. Discriminant validity testing confirmed the ability of both total and domain scores to differentiate between functional and nondysfunctional women. On the basis of sensitivity and specificity analyses and the CART procedure, we found an FSFI total score of 26.55 to be the optimal cut score for differentiating women with and without sexual dysfunction. On the basis of this cut-off we found 70.7% of women with sexual dysfunction and 88.1% of the sexually functional women in the cross-validation sample to be correctly classified. Addition of the lubrication score in the model resulted in slightly improved specificity (from .707 to .772) at a slight cost of sensitivity (from .881 to .854) for identifying women without sexual dysfunction. We discuss the results in terms of potential strengths and weaknesses of the FSFI, as well in terms of further clinical and research implications.

6 Followers
 · 
334 Views
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Abstract Recently, there has been growing interest in female genital plastic surgery. To the authors' knowledge, no studies have adopted elastic silicone thread for vaginal rejuvenation. This study introduces clinical experience over 4 years with vaginal rejuvenation using elastic silicone thread to specifically assess the overall patient satisfaction (sexual function and correction of the vaginal width). It is hypothesised that this novel surgical method can improve sexual function. Between 2007-2011, 180 patients underwent vaginal rejuvenation using elastic silicone thread performed by the authors at a single institution. Patients with persistent feeling of a wide vagina and/or a decreased ability to reach orgasm were included. Patients were excluded from the study if they were unavailable for follow-up, or if they had been diagnosed with any gynecologic diseases. To measure the 15 degree of improvement with regard to sexual function, this study adopted the validated system; Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI). 92.8% (167/180) of the patients were satisfi ed with outcome with regard to feelings of correction of vaginal width. Vaginal rejuvenation using elastic silicone thread significantly improved postoperative outcomes, resulting in improved sexual function, with a focus on improving the FSFI score. This is especially prominent in FSFI orgasm subscore. However, a prospective multicentre study would be beneficial to provide patients with the best possible management.
    Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery 08/2014; DOI:10.3109/2000656X.2014.944187 · 0.52 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: a b s t r a c t At least a third of women across reproductive ages experience low sexual desire and impaired arousal. There is increasing evidence that mindfulness, defined as non-judgmental present moment awareness, may improve women's sexual functioning. The goal of this study was to test the effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapy, either immediately or after a 3-month waiting period, in women seeking treatment for low sexual desire and arousal. Women participated in four 90-min group sessions that included mindfulness meditation, cognitive therapy, and education. A total of 117 women were assigned to either the immediate treatment (n ¼ 68, mean age 40.8 yrs) or delayed treatment (n ¼ 49, mean age 42.2 yrs) group, in which women had two pre-treatment baseline assessments followed by treatment. A total of 95 women completed assessments through to the 6-month follow-up period. Compared to the delayed treatment control group, treatment significantly improved sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubri-cation, sexual satisfaction, and overall sexual functioning. Sex-related distress significantly decreased in both conditions, regardless of treatment, as did orgasmic difficulties and depressive symptoms. Increases in mindfulness and a reduction in depressive symptoms predicted improvements in sexual desire. Mindfulness-based group therapy significantly improved sexual desire and other indices of sexual response, and should be considered in the treatment of women's sexual dysfunction.
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: At least a third of women across reproductive ages experience low sexual desire and impaired arousal. There is increasing evidence that mindfulness, defined as non-judgmental present moment awareness, may improve women's sexual functioning. The goal of this study was to test the effectiveness of mindfulness-based therapy, either immediately or after a 3-month waiting period, in women seeking treatment for low sexual desire and arousal. Women participated in four 90-min group sessions that included mindfulness meditation, cognitive therapy, and education. A total of 117 women were assigned to either the immediate treatment (n = 68, mean age 40.8 yrs) or delayed treatment (n = 49, mean age 42.2 yrs) group, in which women had two pre-treatment baseline assessments followed by treatment. A total of 95 women completed assessments through to the 6-month follow-up period. Compared to the delayed treatment control group, treatment significantly improved sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, sexual satisfaction, and overall sexual functioning. Sex-related distress significantly decreased in both conditions, regardless of treatment, as did orgasmic difficulties and depressive symptoms. Increases in mindfulness and a reduction in depressive symptoms predicted improvements in sexual desire. Mindfulness-based group therapy significantly improved sexual desire and other indices of sexual response, and should be considered in the treatment of women's sexual dysfunction.
    Behaviour Research and Therapy 04/2014; 57C:43-54. DOI:10.1016/j.brat.2014.04.001 · 3.85 Impact Factor

Preview

Download
21 Downloads
Available from