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Female Virginity as Important

Female Virginity as Important a 3-item measure of attitudes toward female abstinence and sexual experiences before marriage among Latino youth. One item also gauges perceptions of acceptability for girls to initiate romantic interest towards guys.

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Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

1. Do you think it’s okay for girls to have sex before they are in a serious relationship?
2. Do you think it’s okay for girls to have sex before marriage?
3. Do you think it’s okay for girls to make the first move with a guy?

Response Options:
4-point Likert scale
Definitely yes - 1
Definitely no - 4

Scoring Procedures

Item scores are averaged to create the total scale score.

Original Citation

Deardorff, J., Tschann, J. M., & Flores, E. (2008). Sexual values among Latino youth: measurement development using a culturally based approach. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 14(2), 138-146. https://doi.org/10.1037/1099-9809.14.2.138

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