Diabetes, psychological function and male sexuality

Raul C. Schiavi, Barbara B. Stimmel, John Mandeli, Patricia Schreiner-Engel, Anna Ghizzani

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The aim of the study was to assess psychological contributors or correlates of sexual dysfunction in diabetic men. The study was conducted on 40 diabetic men and 40 age-matched healthy volunteers. The subjects underwent a psychosexual interview with their sexual partners and had a comprehensive medical evaluation to rule out the confounding effects of other illnesses or medications. Psychiatric, psychological and marital information was obtained with the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (SADS-L), the SCL-90-R, the Derogatis Sexual Function Inventory, the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment test and the Dyadic Adjustment Inventory. Compared to controls, diabetic patients had significantly lower levels of erotic drive, sexual arousal, enjoyment and satisfaction. Problems in these areas coexisted with alterations in sexual attitudes and body image but were not related to group differences in marital adjustment as reported separately by the patients and their partners. There was no evidence that psychological distress or psychiatric disorders are associated with diabetes or with its effects on sexual function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-314
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1995


  • Chronic illness
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Male sexuality
  • Marital adjustment
  • Sexual function


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