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A study on sexual functioning in adults with attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder (2020)


Amani Jabalkandi, Samaneh; Raisi, Firoozeh; Shahrivar, Zahra; Mohammadi, Abolfazl; Meysamie, Alipasha; Firoozikhojastefar, Reihaneh; Irani, Fatemeh (2020). A study on sexual functioning in adults with attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, Early View. DOI: 10.1111/ppc.12480


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All authors or editors: Amani Jabalkandi, Samaneh; Raisi, Firoozeh; Shahrivar, Zahra; Mohammadi, Abolfazl; Meysamie, Alipasha; Firoozikhojastefar, Reihaneh; Irani, Fatemeh

Journal or series: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

ISSN: 0031-5990

eISSN: 1744-6163

Publication year: 2020

Volume: Early View

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/ppc.12480

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Abstract

Purpose
Sexual dysfunction has been ignored in adults with attention‐deficit hyperactivity disorder (A‐ADHD). This study examined sexual function in adults with ADHD compared to a healthy control group.

Design and Methods
The experimental group (N = 63, mean age = 31.11 ± 4.29, females = 31) were recruited among referrals with ADHD to an outpatient A‐ADHD clinic. The DIVA‐2 (Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in adults) and the schedule for affective disorders and schizophrenia (SADS) were used to assess for A‐ADHD and comorbid psychiatric disorders, respectively. The healthy groups (N = 66, mean age = 31.37 ± 4.30, females = 31) were demographically matched and had no psychiatric disorders based on the Conners' Adult ADHD Rating Scales—Self Report, Short Version and SADS. Sexual functions were evaluated using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) for females and International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) for males.

Findings
Females with ADHD compared to the control group showed significantly (P < .001) poorer scores in all FSFI domains (desire, arousal, orgasm, satisfaction, pain, and lubrication). The IIEF mean scores in the males with A‐ADHD were lower (P = .00) than their counterparts for all the subscales including orgasm, erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, and overall satisfaction, except for the desire (P = .75). The orgasmic function had a significant negative correlation with Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale—Self Report: Short total scores in males (r = −.48) and females (r = −.40).

Practice Implications
This study provides preliminary information on greater difficulties with sexual function in adults with ADHD. Assessment of sexual function in referrals with A‐ADHD is suggested.


Keywords: ADHD; adults; sexual health

Free keywords: ADHD; adult; sexual function


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