Sex is Power Scale (SIPS)

The Sex is Power Scale (SIPS) is a 12-item measure that is comprised of two subscales, one assessing one’s own feeling that sex can bring power and one assessing the belief that women in general use sex to gain power.


Warning Flag

ITEMS:

Self-Sex is Power Scale (S-SIPS)
1. I use my body to get what I want
2. I can get what I want using my feminine wiles
3. My sex appeal helps me control men
4. If a man is attracted to me, I can usually get him to do what I want him to do
5. I like to use my womanhood to my advantage
6. My sexuality gives me power
7. I lead men on sometimes, but it makes me feel good

Women-Sex is Power Scale (W-SIPS)
8. A beautiful women can usually get what she wants
9. Beauty gives women power
10. Men are easily manipulated by beautiful women
11. Women can use their looks to control men
12. Women can control men through sex

Response Options:
6-point Likert scale
Disagree strongly - 1
Agree strongly - 6

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female

AGE RANGE:
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

The mean of each subscale is calculated, ranging from 1-6.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Erchull, M. J., & Liss, M. (2013). Exploring the concept of perceived female sexual empowerment: Development and validation of the Sex is Power Scale. Gender Issues, 30(1-4), 39-53. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12147-013-9114-6

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 4.00/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

Measure came from a peer-reviewed journal with a low impact score and/or inadequate information on psychometrics, but is an under-represented gender equality and empowerment construct

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