Sexual Self-Acceptance is a 10-item measure that captures youths' feelings of guilt or shame in having sex or sexual feelings. The first two items are derived from the Sexual Self-Concept Scale (Winter, 1998).
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
1. Do you feel guilty about having sex?*
2. Do you think it’s okay for you to have sex?
3. Do you think it’s wrong for you to have sex?*
4. Do you feel guilty about having sexual feelings?*
5. Do you feel that having sex is embarrassing?*
5-point Likert scale
Not at all - 1
Very much - 5
*Items are reverse scored
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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