Adversarial Sex Beliefs

Adversarial Sex Beliefs is a 9-item measure of beliefs and attitudes around gender roles in the United States. The measure is part of a sub-set of measures to capture the attitudinal aspects of relational interactions.


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Male

Age Range: Adults


1. A woman will only respect a man who will lay down the law to her.
2. Many women are so demanding sexually that a man just can’t satisfy them.
3. A man’s got to show the woman who’s boss right from the start or he’ll end up henpecked.
4. Women are usually sweet until they’ve caught a man, but then they let their true self show.
5. A lot of men talk big, but when it comes down to it, they can’t perform well sexually.
6. In a dating relationship a woman is largely out to take advantage of a man.
7. Men are out for only one thing.
8. Most women are sly and manipulating when they are out to attract a man.
9. A lot of women seem to get pleasure in putting men down.

Response Options:
5-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 5

Scoring Procedures

The mean of the item scores is calculated for the total. A high score is indicative of being more adversarial.

Original Citation

Lee, R. D., Walters, M. L., Hall, J. E., & Basile, K. C. (2012). Behavioral and attitudinal factors differentiating male intimate partner violence perpetrators with and without a history of childhood family violence. Journal of Family Violence, 28(1), 85-94.

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