Automatic Associations between Sexual Function Problems and Pursuing Help in Pelvic Physical Therapy Practice: The Psychometric Investigation of an Implicit Association Test

Alma Brand*, W. Waterink, J.J.D.M. van Lankveld

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Abstract

Not all women experiencing pelvic floor complaints and sexual function problems seek help in pelvic physical therapy practice. Decisions to seek help can result from explicit and implicit cognitive processes. Having found some explicit predictive factors for receiving help in this setting, this study examines possible complementary implicit associations between sexual function problems and pursuing help that might also be predictive. The Pursuing Help for Sexual Problems Implicit Association Test (PHSP-IAT) was specially developed for this purpose. The instrument’s reliability and validity were evaluated. High reliability was found (Spearman’s Rho = .95). Convergent and divergent validity analyses resulted in low and non-significant correlations between the PHSP-IAT and the chosen self-report measures. The PHSP-IAT was predictive for receiving help in pelvic physical therapy practice. Further research is necessary to determine the PHSP-IAT’s validity and its predictive value in other healthcare settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Sex & Marital Therapy
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Apr 2024

Keywords

  • sexual function problems
  • pursuing help
  • implicit associations
  • reliability
  • validity
  • predictive value

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