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A psychometric analysis of the sexual arousability index.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2925963     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Sexual Arousability Index (SAI) assesses self-reported sexual arousal in women and was administered on four occasions to a group of normal sexually active women (n = 57) and to another group undergoing surgical gynecologic treatment (n = 66) that resulted in a predictable and clinical level of sexual dysfunction. These data were used for a psychometric analysis of the SAI. In terms of reliability, internal consistency estimates were in the .92-.96 range, and 4-month test-retest reliabilities ranged from .74 to .90. An evaluation of validity revealed both strengths and limitations of the SAI. The content analysis indicated that at least six domains are sampled, including seduction activities, body caressing, oral-genital and genital stimulation, intercourse, masturbation, and erotic media. To examine construct validity, we conducted a factor analysis that revealed a five-factor solution accounting for 85% of the variance. Furthermore, the factor solution was stable across groups and time, and the factors were sensitive to the occurrence of important behavior changes. The SAI, like other psychological measures, was poor in predicting a criterion (i.e., the occurrence of inhibited sexual excitement) concurrently or at the time of follow-up.
B L Andersen; B Broffitt; J A Karlsson; D C Turnquist
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of consulting and clinical psychology     Volume:  57     ISSN:  0022-006X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Consult Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1989 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-05-10     Completed Date:  1989-05-10     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0136553     Medline TA:  J Consult Clin Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  123-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Psychological Tests*
Sexual Behavior
Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / psychology*
Grant Support
1 R23 CA35702-01A1/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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