Vol 17, No 3 (2020)
Research paper
Published online: 2020-07-13
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Sexual function and self-esteem in depressive people

Monika Czepukojć, Weronika Dębowska, Marta Dagmara Dębowska
DOI: 10.5603/PSYCH.2020.0025
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Psychiatria 2020;17(3):121-129.

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Published online: 2020-07-13

Abstract

Introduction: Human sexuality is an essential element of every individual’s life, and sexual health is one of human rights. Sexual disorders affect different population groups, but people with depression are particularly at risk, which is becoming an increasingly serious social and medical problem. Both the disease and associated side effects of pharmacological treatment can cause sexual problems and sexual dysfunctions can contribute to the development of depression. Self-esteem, which is understated in people with depression, contributes to the development and maintenance of sexual dysfunctions. Material and methods: There were 72 respondents included in the research. The research group consisted of 32 respondents with depressive episode, the control group comprised 40 without psychiatric disorders. Research questionnaires have been used: The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), polish version of the Mell-Krat Scale, the Questionnaire of Sexuality (KWS), The Questionnaire of Sexual Disorders (KZM), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), polish version of the Adjective Check List (ACL), Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (SES). Results and conclusion: The results showed a significantly lower level of self-esteem in people diagnosed with depressive episode and inferior sexual functioning, significantly in terms of sexual satisfaction. The relationship between the level of self-esteem and sexual satisfaction was demonstrated.

Abstract

Introduction: Human sexuality is an essential element of every individual’s life, and sexual health is one of human rights. Sexual disorders affect different population groups, but people with depression are particularly at risk, which is becoming an increasingly serious social and medical problem. Both the disease and associated side effects of pharmacological treatment can cause sexual problems and sexual dysfunctions can contribute to the development of depression. Self-esteem, which is understated in people with depression, contributes to the development and maintenance of sexual dysfunctions. Material and methods: There were 72 respondents included in the research. The research group consisted of 32 respondents with depressive episode, the control group comprised 40 without psychiatric disorders. Research questionnaires have been used: The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), polish version of the Mell-Krat Scale, the Questionnaire of Sexuality (KWS), The Questionnaire of Sexual Disorders (KZM), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), polish version of the Adjective Check List (ACL), Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (SES). Results and conclusion: The results showed a significantly lower level of self-esteem in people diagnosed with depressive episode and inferior sexual functioning, significantly in terms of sexual satisfaction. The relationship between the level of self-esteem and sexual satisfaction was demonstrated.
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Keywords

sexual function, self-esteem, depression

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Title

Sexual function and self-esteem in depressive people

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 17, No 3 (2020)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

121-129

Published online

2020-07-13

DOI

10.5603/PSYCH.2020.0025

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Psychiatria 2020;17(3):121-129.

Keywords

sexual function
self-esteem
depression

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Monika Czepukojć
Weronika Dębowska
Marta Dagmara Dębowska

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