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Journal:   JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN MEDICAL SCIENCES (JRMS)   APRIL 2014 , Volume 19 , Number 4; Page(s) 336 To 348.
 
Paper: 

DEVELOPMENT AND VALIDATION OF THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL VAGINAL PENETRATION DISORDER QUESTIONNAIRE (MVPDQ) FOR ASSESSMENT OF LIFELONG VAGINISMUS IN A SAMPLE OF IRANIAN WOMEN

 
 
Author(s):  MOLAEINEZHAD MITRA, LATIFNEJAD ROUDSARI ROBAB, YOUSEFY ALIREZA, SALEHI MEHRDAD, MERGHATI KHOEI EFFAT*
 
* FAMILY AND SEXUAL HEALTH UNIT IN THE BRAIN AND SPINAL INJURY RESEARCH CENTER (BASIR), EUROLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER BUILDING, IMAM KHOMEINI HOSPITAL COMPLEX, KESHAVARZ BLVD, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Vaginismus is considered as one of the most common female psychosexual dysfunctions. Although the importance of using a multidisciplinary approach for assessment of vaginal penetration disorder is emphasized, the paucity of instruments for this purpose is clear. We designed a study to develop and investigate the psychometric properties of a multidimensional vaginal penetration disorder questionnaire (MVPDQ), thereby assisting specialists for clinical assessment of women with lifelong vaginismus (LLV).
Materials and Methods: MVPDQ was developed using the findings from a thematic qualitative research conducted with 20 unconsummated couples from a former study, which was followed by an extensive literature review. Then, during a cross-sectional design, a consecutive sample of 214 women, who were diagnosed as LLV based on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-IV-TR criteria completed MVPDQ and additional questions regarding their demographic and sexual history. Validation measures and reliability were tested by exploratory factor analysis and Cronbach’s alpha coefficient via Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16.
Results: After conducting exploratory factor analysis, MVPDQ emerged with 72 items and 9 dimensions: Catastrophic cognitions and tightening, helplessness, marital adjustment, hypervigilance, avoidance, penetration motivation, sexual information, genital incompatibility, and optimism. Subscales of MVPDQ showed a significant reliability that varied between 0.70 and 0.87 and results of test–retest were satisfactory.
Conclusion: The present study shows that MVPDQ is a valid and reliable self-report questionnaire for clinical assessment of women complaining of LLV. This instrument may assist specialists to make a clinical judgment and plan appropriately for clinical management.

 
Keyword(s): CLINICAL ASSESSMENT, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, COGNITIONS, RELIABILITY, SELF-REPORT MEASURE, VAGINISMUS, VALIDATION, WOMEN
 
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