Document Type : Original Article


1 Instructor of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences

3 Instructor of Midwifery Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

4 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran


BACKGROUND: Desirable sexual function is one of the symptoms of mental and physical health.
Many causes can cause sexual dysfunction. Emotional problems in marriage are one of the main
causes of sexual dysfunction. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between
emotional intelligence and its components with sexual function of women of reproductive age.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study was a co‑relational–analytic study that was
performed on 165 women of childbearing age in the second half of 2018 in selected health centers.
Data were collected using a three‑part questionnaire including demographic questionnaire, FFI
standardized sexual function questionnaire, and Bar‑On Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire. Data
were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Spearman, and Pearson correlation.
RESULTS: Most of the study participants were in the age group of 26–30 years (30.4%). The results
showed a positive correlation and a statistically significant relationship between the mean score of
all the components of emotional intelligence except the interpersonal relationships, responsibility,
empathy, and self‑esteem with sexual performance score (P < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Based on the positive correlation between some components of emotional
intelligence and sexual function, emotional intelligence can be considered as an important and effective
variable in improving women’s sexual function, so focus on emotional intelligence in counseling and
education Individuals and emphasis on promotion are recommended.


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