Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 295–307 | Cite as

Sex and the Quality of Life in Denmark

  • Soren Ventegodt


From a representative sample of 2460 Danish citizens, ages 18 to 88, anonymous answers were obtained to a 317-item quality-of-life (QL) questionnaire, which included five questions on sexuality. Among the respondents in the sample, 1.2% reported they were bisexual and 0.9% homosexual. Although sexual problems were found in all age groups, lack of a suitable sex partner and inability to achieve orgasm were more common among the young and erectile dysfunction more common among the old. Most frequent problems among the women were reduced sexual desire (11.2%) and the lack of a suitable sex partner (4.9%), and among the men, the lack of a suitable sexpartner (7.3%)and erectile dysfunction (5.4%). The QL of persons with sexual problems was from 1.2 to 19.1% lower than the population mean (as expressed in terms of this mean). The intermediate sized covariation between sexual problems and the QL suggests that such problems can be symptoms of a reduced QL rather than medical problems to be tackled through medical intervention or sex therapy proper. Implications for a quality-of-life-sensitive clinical practice are discussed.



Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Fog, E., Køster, A., Larsen, G. K., Garde , K., and Lunde, I. (1994). Female sexuality in various Danish general population age co-horts. Nord. Sexol. 12: 111-117.Google Scholar
  2. Frank, E., Anderson, C., and Rubinstein, D. (1978). Frequency of sexual dysfunction in normal couples. New Engl. J. Med. 299: 111-115.Google Scholar
  3. Hulbert, D. F., Apt, C., and Rabehl, S. M. (1993). Key variables to understanding female sexual satisfaction: An examination of women in non-distressed marriages. J. Sex Marital Ther. 19: 154-165.Google Scholar
  4. Nettlebladt, P., and Uddenberg, N. (1979). Sexual dysfunction and sexual satisfaction in 58 married Swedish men. J. Psychosom. Res. 23: 141-147.Google Scholar
  5. Osborn, M., Hawton, K., and Gath, D. (1988). Sexual dysfunction among middle aged women in the community. Br. Med. J. 296(6627): 959-962.Google Scholar
  6. Rosen, R. C., Taylor, J. F., Leiblum, S. R., and Bachmann, G. A. (1993). Prevalence of sexual dysfunction in women: Results of a survey of 329 women in an outpatient gynecological clinic. J. Sex. Marital Ther 19: 171-188.Google Scholar
  7. Ross, M. W. (1989). Married homosexual men: Prevalence and background. Marr. Fam. Rev. 14: 35-57.Google Scholar
  8. Sharhar, E., Lederer, J., and Herz, M. J. (1991). The use of a self-report questionnaire to assess frequency of sexual dysfunction in family practice clinics. Fam Pract. 8(3): 206-212.Google Scholar
  9. Solstad, K., and Hertoft, P. (1993). Frequency of sexual problems and dysfunction in middle aged Danish men. Arch. Sex. Behav. 22: 51-58.Google Scholar
  10. Ventegodt, S. (1996a). Resultater fra Livskvalitctsundersøgelsen af 4.626 31-33-årige danskere født på Rigshospitalet 1959-1961 [Quality of Life among 4,600 31-33 year olds. (With a summary in English)]. Forskningscentrets Forlag, Copenhagen.Google Scholar
  11. Ventegodt, S. (1996b). Measuring the Quality of Life: From Theory to Practice, Forskningscenterets Forlag, Copenhagen.Google Scholar
  12. Ventegodt, S., and Forskningscenter for Livskvalitet. (1995). Livskvalitet i Danmark. Resultater fra en befolkningsun dersøgelse [The Quality of Life in Denmark: Results from a Population Survey. (With summaries in English)], Forskningscentrets Forlag, Copenhagen.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Soren Ventegodt

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations