Psychometric properties of Dyadic Sexual Communication Scale - Persian version

Bahrami, N., Ghorbani, S., Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524 and Alimoradi, Z., 2024. Psychometric properties of Dyadic Sexual Communication Scale - Persian version. Current Women s Health Reviews. ISSN 1573-4048

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Background and Aim: Couples’ sexual communication is one of the contributing factors to the quality of couples’ sexual relationships. The aim of the present study was to psychometrically evaluate the Persian version of the Dyadic Sexual Communication Scale (DSCS) among married women of reproductive age.

Methods: In this psychometric study, translation was carried out using the back-translation method. The validity of the final version of the DSCS was performed using confirmatory factor analysis and Rasch analysis. Concurrent validity was examined using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), Female Sexual Distress Scale (FSDS) and Marital Intimacy Scale (MIS). Reliability was assessed by calculating Cronbach’s alpha coefficient. Data analysis was performed using SPSS and Mplus software.

Results: The participants comprised 400 married women with a mean age of 35.66 years living in Qazvin, Iran. Construct validity was confirmed based on confirmatory factor analysis (χ2[df]: 113.49 (65), Tucker-Lewis index: 0.980, Composite Reliability: 0.87, SRMSR: 0.065, RMSEA: 0.043, CFI: 0.983. Concurrent validity was analyzed using Pearson correlation coefficients, and the DSCS was positively correlated with scores on the MIS (r=.64) and FSFI (r=.65) and negatively correlated with scores on the FSDS (r=-.61). The internal reliability of the Persian DSCS was very good (Cronbach’s alpha=.88).

Conclusion: Based on psychometric testing, the Persian DSCS has good validity and reliability. Therefore, the tool can be used to assess women’s sexual communication in the context of sexual relationships. Future research should include males and compare and contrast results with females.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Current Women s Health Reviews
Creators: Bahrami, N., Ghorbani, S., Griffiths, M.D. and Alimoradi, Z.
Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
Date: 29 January 2024
ISSN: 1573-4048
Rights: The published manuscript is available at EurekaSelect via
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 29 Feb 2024 09:15
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2024 09:15

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