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Estimating the Prevalence of Sexual Function Problems: The Impact of Morbidity Criteria

Mitchell, KR; Jones, KG; Wellings, K; Johnson, AM; Graham, CA; Datta, J; Copas, AJ; ... Mercer, CH; + view all (2016) Estimating the Prevalence of Sexual Function Problems: The Impact of Morbidity Criteria. Journal of Sexual Research , 53 (8) pp. 955-967. 10.1080/00224499.2015.1089214. Green open access

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Abstract

Establishing the clinical significance of symptoms of sexual dysfunction is challenging. To address this, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) introduced two new morbidity criteria (duration and symptom severity) to the existing criteria of distress. This study sought to establish the impact of these three criteria on the population prevalence of sexual function problems. The data come from a national probability survey (Natsal-3) and are based on 11,509 male and female participants aged 16-74, reporting at least one sexual partner in the past year. The key outcomes were: proportion of individuals reporting proxy measures of DSM-5 problems, and the proportion of those meeting morbidity criteria. We found that among sexually active men, the prevalence of reporting one or more of four specific sexual problems was 38.2%, but 4.2% after applying the three morbidity criteria; corresponding figures for women reporting one or more of three specific sexual problems, were 22.8% and 3.6%. Just over a third of men and women reporting a problem meeting all three morbidity criteria had sought help in the last year. We conclude that the DSM-5 morbidity criteria impose a focus on clinically significant symptoms.

Type: Article
Title: Estimating the Prevalence of Sexual Function Problems: The Impact of Morbidity Criteria
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2015.1089214
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2015.1089214
Language: English
Additional information: Published with license by Taylor & Francis. Copyright © The Authors. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: DSM-5, Prevalence, classification, morbidity criteria, sexual function problems
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475360
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