Sexual Agency

Sexual Agency is a three-item measure of young women’s perceptions of relationship power and control.


Short Measure Warning Flag

ITEMS:

1. It’s easy for me to say no if I don’t want to have sex.
2. It is easy for him to take advantage of me.
3. Sometimes things just get out of control with him.

Response Options:
A four-point Likert type scale (1=“strongly disagree” to 4=“strongly agree”)

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

Scores are the average of the responses to the three items.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Best, C., Tanner, A. E., Hensel, D. J., Fortenberry, J. D., & Zimet, G. D. (2014). Young women’s contraceptive microbicide preferences: Associations with contraceptive behavior and sexual relationship characteristics. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 46(1), 15-22. https://doi.org/10.1363/46E0114

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

LOW
Total Score: 1.50/8 Points (LOW) 

Citation Frequency

LOW

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

Measure came from a peer-reviewed journal with a low impact score and/or inadequate information on psychometrics, but is an under-represented gender equality and empowerment construct

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