A pilot study of a structured interview addressing sexual function in men with schizophrenia

Michael A. Burke, Joseph Patrick McEvoy, James C. Ritchie

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Twenty physically healthy men with schizophrenia responded to a 15-item questionnaire inquiring about their usual and their present (on medications) sexual functioning. Two summary measures of present impairment (the average of items 7-13 that detail the patients' specific complaints of impairment, and item 15, the interviewer's global judgement of impairment) were significantly correlated with each other and with the differences between usual and present reported frequencies of erection and masturbation. More severe impairment on these summary measures was significantly associated with greater biological evidence of dopamine blockade (more severe extrapyramidal side effects and higher serum prolactin levels).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalBiological Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes



  • Sexual function
  • antipyschotic drugs
  • extrapyramidal side effects
  • prolactin
  • schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biological Psychiatry

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