Sexual Agency is a three-item measure of young women’s perceptions of relationship power and control.
Short Measure Warning Flag
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.
A four-point Likert type scale (1=“strongly disagree” to 4=“strongly agree”)
Scores are the average of the responses to the three items.
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
Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework
Field Expert Input
Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing
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