Unwanted Sex is a 7-item measure of respondents' participation in unwanted, but consenual, sexual interactions.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adults
1. I sometimes use sex for validation that our relationship is okay.
2. I've had sex with my partner when I wasn't in the mood because my partner really wanted it.
3. I would go along with sex to make my partner happy.
4. My partners know how to persuade me when I don't want to have sex.
5. I've had sex with my partner when I wasn't really in the mood.
6. If I said no to sex, my partner would beg me to change my mind.
7. Sometimes I make my partner convince me to have sex.
6-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 6
The mean of the item scores is calculated for the total measure score.
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
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