Virginity Beliefs Scale: Stigma Subscale

The Virginity Beliefs Scale: Stigma Subscale is an 8 item measure that captures people's perception of their status as virgins as something negative and embarrassing that they needed to shed as soon as possible.


ITEMS:

1. I was worried about what others might think if they found out I was a virgin.
2. I felt embarrassed over being a virgin.
3. I regarded my virginity as something negative.
4. I felt my virginity was a burden that I needed to get rid of as soon as possible.
5. I was afraid to tell my partner that I was a virgin.
6. I was afraid my partner would find out I was a virgin.
7. I actively tried to hide my status as a virgin.
8. I lost my virginity later than I would have wanted.

Response Options:
7-point Likert scale with 1 indicating Strongly disagree, 4 indicating Neutral, and 7 indicating Strongly agree.

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

Canada

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

The average of the scores from all the items were taken to get the mean score.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Eriksson, J., & Humphreys, T. P. (2014). Development of the Virginity Beliefs Scale. Journal of Sex Research, 51(1), 107-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2012.724475

Psychometric 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

MEDIUM

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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