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.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
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?
4-point Likert scale
Definitely yes - 1
Definitely no - 4
Item scores are averaged to create the total scale score.
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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