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Examining the psychometric properties of the HBI-19 scale in a sample of women with persistent genital arousal symptoms

Mulroy, M. E., Jackowich, R. A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1125-8141 and Pukall, C. F. 2023. Examining the psychometric properties of the HBI-19 scale in a sample of women with persistent genital arousal symptoms. The Journal of Sex Research 10.1080/00224499.2023.2176423

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Abstract

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder/Genito-Pelvic Dysesthesia (PGAD/GPD) is a highly distressing, yet poorly understood health concern characterized by persistent, unwanted, and unpleasant genital arousal sensations in the absence of psychological arousal and desire. PGAD/GPD symptoms can be reduced by engaging in frequent sexual behaviors, meaning that hypersexual behavior may be present as a feature of PGAD/GPD in some cases. Given this association and the current lack of measures designed for assessment of PGAD/GPD specifically, the present study aimed to investigate the psychometric properties of the Hypersexual Behavior Inventory (HBI-19) in a sample of women with PGAD/GPD symptoms. Specifically, the factor structure of the HBI-19 was explored via Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) as well as evaluation of model fit indices and reliability indices (Cronbach’s alpha). EFA revealed a two-factor structure for the HBI-19 in the sample of women with PGAD/GPD symptoms, differing from the originally validated three-factor structure. RMSEA as well as TLI values suggested poor fit for all three models examined, including the two-factor model, while SRMR suggested good fit for the two-factor and three-factor model and suggested poor fit for the one-factor models. These findings suggest measurement non-invariance at the configural level and indicate that hypersexual behavior is best understood as a possible feature of PGAD/GPD as opposed to a core element of PGAD/GPD.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 0022-4499
Date of Acceptance: 18 January 2023
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2023 10:27
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/161794

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