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Sexual Pressure Scale for Women-Revised (SPSW-R)

The Sexual Pressure Scale for Women-Revised (SPSW-R) is an 18-item measure that aims to better understand stereotypical expectations during sex and to gain a broader context of a gender hierarchy that impacts an individual’s expectations in sexual behavior. This is an adaptation of the 19-item Sexual Pressure Scale (Jones, 2006) and covers 4 subscales: Show Trust, Women's Sex Role, Men Expect Sex and Sex Coercion.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female

Age Range: Adults

Items:

Show Trust
1. I do not ask my partner to use a condom because he may think I had sex with someone
2. He will think I caught something from someone
3. He may think I do NOT trust him
4. I’m afraid he might say NO.
5. After we been doing it raw, I can’t start asking.

Women's Sex Role
6. If my partner wants sex, it’s my responsibility
7. It’s a woman’s responsibility to satisfy her man.
8. A woman needs to please her man sexually
9. Sex with my partner shows him that I am the best
10. There are plenty of women who are willing to have sex with him

Men Expect Sex.
11. My partner makes me feel that I should try new ways to have sex
12. My partner makes me feel he will cheat if he gets tired of having sex with me
13. My partner makes me feel like I owe him something and should have sex
14. My partner would leave me if I did not have sex
15. I have sex with my partner because I am afraid of losing the things he does for me

Sex Coercion
16. My partner has physically hurt me after I told him I would not have sex
17. My partner has threatened to hurt me after
18. My partner has yelled or cursed at me after

Response Options:
Items asking about experiences:
Never - 1
Don’t know - 2
Sometimes - 3
Most of the time - 4
Always - 5

Scoring Procedures

Higher score indicates higher sexual pressure.

Original Citation

Jones, R., & Gulick, E. (2009). Reliability and validity of the Sexual Pressure Scale for Women-Revised. Research in Nursing & Health, 32(1), 71-85. https://doi.org/10.1002/nur.20297

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