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dc.contributor.authorFrost, RN
dc.contributor.authorDonovan, CL
dc.description.abstractDistress is an important factor in the aetiology, maintenance and treatment of sexual difficulties and as such the Third International Consultation on Sexual Medicine highlighted the need for validated measures of sexual distress for use as outcome measures in future clinical trials. Most measures currently available are gender-specific or dysfunction-specific and rarely measure the impact at the level of the couple relationship. Given that relationship factors strongly predict the degree of distress experienced, it is important to learn more about the interplay between sexual dysfunction and relationship satisfaction. Objective The Sexual and Relationship Distress Scale (SaRDS) was developed to meet the need for a measure of both individual and relationship distress within the context of sexual dysfunction. Materials and Method 73 initial items were created from the results of an earlier qualitative study and administered using an online survey to 1381 participants, along with measures for the purposes of psychometric evaluation including the FSDS-R, CSI-16, DASS-21, and questions relating to sexual function. Results Multiple iterative rounds of factor analyses were conducted on the initial item pool, resulting in a 30-item, 14 factor measure. The CFA showed that this model has an adequate fit. The final measure demonstrated good psychometric properties, with strong internal reliability, and convergent and discriminant validity. Conclusions Unlike most measures in this field, the SaRDS is multi-dimensional and assesses 14 distinct yet related types of sexual and relationship distress experienced in the context of sexual dysfunctions. It can be administered across genders and both members of a couple. It therefore has multiple uses within both research and clinical settings. Disclosure Work supported by industry: no. The presenter or any of the authors act as a consultant, employee (part time or full time) or shareholder of an industry.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencename21st World Meeting on Sexual Medicineen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleThe Journal of Sexual Medicineen_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationLisbon, Portugalen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology and Cognitive Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicineen_US
dc.subject.keywordsUrology & Nephrologyen_US
dc.titleThe development and psychometric properties of the sexual and relationship distress scale (SaRDS)en_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE3 - Conferences (Extract Paper)en_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationFrost, RN; Donovan, CL, The development and psychometric properties of the sexual and relationship distress scale (SaRDS), The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2018, 15 (7), pp. S173-S174en_US
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gro.griffith.authorDonovan, Caroline L.
gro.griffith.authorFrost, Rebecca N.

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