Sexual Functioning Among Malay Patientswith Emotional Disorder in a Primary Care Setting - A Cross Sectional Study
Hatta Sidi, (2000) Sexual Functioning Among Malay Patientswith Emotional Disorder in a Primary Care Setting - A Cross Sectional Study. Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry, 8 (1). pp. 43-47. ISSN 0128-8628
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Faculty of Medicine. Dept. of Psychiatry
This is a cross-sectional study to examine the differences between sexualfunctioning among patients with anxiety disorder as compared to a normalcontrol group. Patients attending two general practitioner clinics in Kelang Valley were screened for psychiatric morbidity from 13t November 1997 to 3181August 1998. Four hundred and eighteen patients were found to be positive onGeneral Health Questionnaire-30 item (GHQ-30) score. They were further interviewed with a standardized diagnostic questionnaire by two consultantpsychiatrists. Using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS), 46 patients werediagnosed to be having anxiety disorder according to DSM-III ® classification.Out of 46 patients, forty three patients were married. Out of 43 patients, eight(18.6%) patients suffered from dysthymia, twelve patients (27.9%) hadadjustment disorder with depressed mood and twenty three (53.5%) had majordepressive disorder (MDD) without psychotic features. All 43 married patientswith mood disorder participated in answering a questionnaire related to sexualmatters. Sexual functioning were assessed, using a simple questionnaireSexual Statisfaction Questionnaire (Hatta & Hatta, 1998) on sexual desire,arousal, ability to achieve orgasm and attitude towards sexual act. Forty fourmarried patients with upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) were selectedrandomly and matched with sex and educational status. Sexual functioningbetween these two group were compared using non-parametric Mann-Whitneytest. No significant difference were found in terms of sexual functioning, sexualinterest, arousal and orgasm.
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