The Multiple Sclerosis Intimacy and Sexuality Questionnaire (MSISQ): Validation of the Turkish version in patient with multiple sclerosis

Dogan H., Abakay H., Tekin G., Saçmacı H., Goksuluk M. B., Ozengin N.

Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, vol.64, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 64
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.msard.2022.103965
  • Journal Name: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Keywords: Multiple sclerosis, Surveys, Questionnaires, Sexual dysfunction, Self-report, Validity, CROSS-CULTURAL ADAPTATION, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, CORRELATION-COEFFICIENTS, RELIABILITY, VALIDITY
  • Kayseri University Affiliated: No


This study aimed to psychometrically evaluate the Turkish version of the Multiple Sclerosis Intimacy and Sexuality Questionnaire (MSISQ-15) in women with MS. The study included 130 women with MS. The Turkish linguistic validation process of the original English MSISQ-15 was performed according to standardized guidelines. Reliability analysis was evaluated with test-retest analysis and intra-class correlation (ICC). Internal consistency between the items was analyzed using the Cronbach's alpha coefficient. Item analysis results were used to assess the contribution of the items to the scale. In evaluating the validity of the scale, the relationship between the MSISQ and the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life Questionnaire-54 (MSQOL-54), and the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PSIQ-12) was investigated. Psychometric properties were analyzed using internal consistency, test-rest reliability, construct validity, and floor-ceiling effect. The internal consistency of the Turkish MSISQ-15 was strong in terms of both sub-dimension score and the total score (Cronbach's a coefficient > 0.80). The test-retest reliability of the scale was very strong (ICC > 0.90). A medium-high correlation was found between the MSISQ-15 and the MSQOL-54, the FSFI, and the PSIQ-12 (between r = -0.448 and r = -0.798, p < 0.001, respectively). The MSISQ-15 is a comprehensive, reliable, and valid inventory to obtain information about the cause of sexual dysfunction in Turkish women with MS and to evaluate the level of sexual dysfunction. In future studies, it is recommended to examine the sensitivity of the Turkish MSISQ-15 to treatment-related changes.