Sexual Comfort

Sexual Comfort is a 10-item measure that captures youth perceptions of comfort during sex, such as comfort being nude, having the lights on, and sexual activities. The first five items of the scale are derived from the Sexual Comfort Scale (B. V. Marin et al., 1997).


Geographies Tested: United States of America

Populations Included: Female, Male

Age Range: Adolescents, Adults


1. How would you feel being naked in front of your sexual partner?
2. How would you feel about satisfying the sexual desires and fantasies of your sexual partner?
3. How would you feel having sex with the lights on?
4. How would you feel touching your partner’s penisvagina?
5. How would you feel putting a condom on a guyhaving a girl put a condom on you?
6. How do you feel about how your body looks to your sexual partner?
7. How would you feel about showing your sexual excitement when you are having sex?
8. How would you feel doing something new during sex?
9. How would you feel giving oral sex (going down)?
10. How would you feel receiving oral sex (having someone go down on you)?

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.

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