Perpetrator of Sexual Coercion Scale

The Perpetrator of Sexual Coercion Scale is a 13-item measure of the tendency to perpetrate sexual coercion. The scale asks university students about specific tactics such as guilt and blackmail that they have used in an attempt to coerce someone into sexual activity. The same scale exists for victims of sexual coercion and can be found here.

ITEMS:

  1. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by making the person feel guilty?
  2. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by arguing with the person?
  3. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by calling the person a prude, unmanly, etc?
  4. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by making the person feel that he or she owed you sex [e.g., you have been dating for six months and so your partner owes you sex]?
  5. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by getting the person drunk [or taking advantage of the person when he or she was drunk]?
  6. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by pleading or making the person feel sorry for you?
  7. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by undressing in front of him or her?
  8. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by exposing your private parts?
  9. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by stroking his or her genitals?
  10. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by blackmailing the person?
  11. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by threatening to hurt the person?
  12. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by giving the person money or expensive gifts?
  13. Have you ever coerced someone into engaging in sexual activities by using physical force?

Response Options:
No, definitely - 1
No - 2
Yes - 3
Yes, definitely - 4

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

The total score is calculated by summing all item values.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Mathes, E. W., & McCoy, J. (2011). Perpetration of Sexual Coercion and Victim of Sexual Coercion Scales: development and validation. Psychol Rep, 108(2), 449-469. https://doi.org/10.2466/08.09.16.PR0.108.2.449-469

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 4.50/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

Low

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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