Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

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Female Sexual Function Index

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_1033

Synonyms

Definition

The FSFI is a 19-item self-report questionnaire designed to measure sexual functioning in women. It assesses six domains of sexual function: sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain (i.e., pain associated with vaginal penetration).

Description

The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) was developed to assess six domains of female sexual function (sexual desire, sexual arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain) and has become one of the most widely used measures of sexual functioning in women. The 19-item FSFI is easily understood, brief, and has been replicated in a number of languages. Items are scored on a five-point Likert scale with low scores indicating lower levels of sexual functioning. Fifteen items also include a zero score as a sixth response option indicating no sexual activity in the past 4 weeks. Rosen and colleagues (2000) described the development of the FSFI and listed the questions and response...

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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada