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Comfort with Sexual Communication

Comfort with Sexual Communication is an 8-item measure of how comfortable youth feel when discussing sexual topics, such as sexual desires, sexual pleasure, sexual acts, contraception use, and sexual preferences. The scale also measures how comfortable youth feel when talking about the risk of STDs or HIV.

Categories

Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults

Items:

1. How would you feel talking about the sexual positions you prefer?
2. How would you feel talking about what feels good to you during sex?
3. How would you feel talking about your sexual fantasies?
4. How would you feel talking about whether to use a condom?
5. How would you feel talking about oral sex (going down)?
6. How would you feel talking about what you would do about a pregnancy (like keep the baby, have an abortion, etc.)?
7. How would you feel talking about what you don’t like during sex?
8. How would you feel talking about the risk of STDs or HIV?

Response Options:
4-point Likert scale
Very uncomfortable - 1
Very comfortable - 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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