The Evaluation of Relationship between Sexual Self-concept and Sexual Dysfunction in Individuals Undergoing Methadone Maintenance Treatment

Document Type : Original Article(s)


1 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry AND Neuroscience Research Center, Neuropharmocology Institute, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Resident, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Sexual Health AND Family Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran


Background: The present study was conducted with the aim of designing a causal model for the evaluation of sexual dysfunctions based on the variables of methadone dosage and sexual self-concept among individuals undergoing methadone maintenance treatment (MMT).Methods: The study population of the present study consisted of married men of 20 to 45 years of age with sexual ‎relations and undergoing MMT for a minimum of 8 weeks referring to all MMT clinics of Kerman, Iran, in ‎‎2015-2016. ‎The subjects were selected through multi-stage cluster sampling (n = 250). Data were collected using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28), Multi-Dimensional Sexual Self-concept Questionnaire (MSSQ), and Internal Index for Erectile Function (IIEF). Data were analyzed using path analysis method and Pearson correlation coefficient. The suggested model was evaluated using structural equation model (SEM), and indirect relationships were assessed using Bootstrap method.Findings: The suggested model showed acceptable fitness with the data, and all routes, except methadone use route, to sexual function were significant. The result of the multiple ‎indirect route showed that sexual function had a significant relationship with methadone use through ‎sexual self-concept. In total, 60% of variance in sexual dysfunction was explained using the variables of the suggested model.Conclusion: Further studies are suggested to be conducted regarding psychological factors effective on the sexual dysfunctions among individuals undergoing MMT, such as sexual self-concept. Moreover, more detailed evaluation of each subscale of positive and negative sexual self-concept is recommended to assess the psychological causes of sexual dysfunctions in these individuals and design psychological, behavioral, and cognitive-behavioral treatment interventions for them.