Validation of the McCoy female sexuality questionnaire in an Italian sample

Alessandra H. Rellini, Rossella E. Nappi, Patrizia Vaccaro, Francesca Ferdeghini, Ileana Abbiati, Cindy M. Meston

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This article presents the result of a study that translated into Italian and validated the McCoy Female Sexuality Questionnaire (MFSQ) on an Italian sample. The questionnaire was first administered to a sample of 240 Italian women (age range, 18-65 years) recruited from a gynecology clinic. A principal component analysis identified 2 factors: sexuality (9 items) and partnership (5 items). Both factors showed an adequate inter-item reliability (Cronbach's α of .88 and .75, respectively). The validity of the Italian MFSQ was then tested by administering the questionnaire to a sample of 16 women with sexual dysfunction and 46 control women. Sexual dysfunction diagnoses were assessed through a semi-standardized interview based on the DSM-IV-TR diagnoses for Female Sexual Arousal Disorder, Female Orgasmic Disorder, Dyspareunia, and Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. A discriminant validity test showed significant differences between women with and without female sexual dysfunction. These results indicate that the translated version of the MFSQ is a reliable and valid measure of sexual dysfunction among Italian women. The results also indicated a difference in factor structure between the Italian and the original version of the MFSQ, which warrants further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-647
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


  • Assessment
  • Culture
  • Female sexuality
  • Psychometrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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