Significance of Sex

Significance of Sex is a 12-item measure of respondents' endorsement of beliefs that shared sexual experiences serve to bond partners intimately in relationships.


ITEMS:

1. Sex is part of a commitment; it's not just an experience.
2. A person should get to know and care for a partner before having sex.
3. Sex is for special relationships.
4. Sex is about showing your emotions.
5. Sex with your partner has to be something special.
6. It is important to be close friends before you have sex.
7. Giving one's virginity to a partner is special.
8. Sex is just fun; it shouldn't have to mean anything.*
9. I wouldn't have sex unless I really loved the person.
10. I have only had sex with people that I had a strong relationship with.
11. To me sex means something-it's more than just doing it.
12. I think sex is all about respect and trust.

*Item is reverse scored

Response Options:
6-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 6

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

The mean of the item scores is calculated for the total measure score.

PRIMARY CITATION:

O’Sullivan, L. F., Hoffman, S., Harrison, A., & Dolezal, C. (2006). Men, multiple sexual partners, and young adults’ sexual relationships: Understanding the role of gender in the study of risk. Journal of Urban Health, 83(4), 695-708. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-006-9062-5

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: 5.00/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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