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Sexuality Scale (SS)
by
Dr. William E. Snell, Jr.

This page shows a copy of the Sexuality Scale.


INSTRUCTIONS: The statements listed below describe certain attitudes toward human sexuality which different people may have. As such, there are no right or wrong answers, only personal responses. For each item you will be asked to indicate how much you agree or disagree with the statement listed in that item. Use the following scale to provide your responses:
A = Agree.
B = Slightly agree.
C = Neither.
D = Slightly disagree.
E = Disagree.

1. I am a good sexual partner.
2. I am depressed about the sexual aspects of my life.
3. I think about sex all the time.
4. I would rate my sexual skill quite highly.
5. I feel good about my sexuality.
6. I think about sex more than anything else.
7. I am better at sex than most other people.
8. I am disappointed about the quality of my sex life.
9. I don't daydream about sexual situations.
10. I sometimes have doubts about my sexual competence.
11. Thinking about sex makes me happy.
12. I tend to be preoccupied with sex.
13. I am not very confident in sexual encounters.
14. I derive pleasure and enjoyment from sex.
15. I'm constantly thinking about having sex.
16. I think of myself as a very good sexual partner.
17. I feel down about my sex life.
18. I think about sex a great deal of the time.
19. I would rate myself low as a sexual partner.
20. I feel unhappy about my sexual relationships.
21. I seldom think about sex.
22. I am confident about myself as a sexual partner.
23. I feel pleased with my sex life.
24. I hardly ever fantasize about having sex.
25. I am not very confident about my sexual skill.
26. I feel sad when I think about my sexual experiences.
27. I probably think about sex less often than most people.
28. I sometimes doubt my sexual competence.
29. I am not discouraged about sex.
30. I don't think about sex very often.
Copyright - 1989

Scoring Instructions for the Sexuality Scale
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SCORING INSTRUCTIONS: The Sexuality Scale (SS) consists of three (3) subscales. The labels and items for each of these subscales are listed below:
1. Sexual Esteem (Items 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28):
1. I am a good sexual partner.
4. I would rate my sexual skill quite highly.
7. I am better at sex than most other people.
10. I sometimes have doubts about my sexual competence. (R)
13. I am not very confident in sexual encounters. (R)
16. I think of myself as a very good sexual partner.
19. I would rate myself low as a sexual partner. (R)
22. I am confident about myself as a sexual partner.
25. I am not very confident about my sexual skill. (R)
28. I sometimes doubt my sexual competence. (R)
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2. Sexual Depression (Items 2, 5, 8, 17, 20, 23, 26, 29):
2. I am depressed about the sexual aspects of my life.
5. I feel good about my sexuality. (R)
8. I am disappointed about the quality of my sex life.
11. Thinking about sex makes me happy. (Filler item)
14. I derive pleasure and enjoyment from sex. (Filler item)
17. I feel down about my sex life.
20. I feel unhappy about my sexual relationships.
23. I feel pleased with my sex life. (R)
26. I feel sad when I think about my sexual experiences.
29. I am not discouraged about sex. (R)
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3. Sexual Preoccupation (Items 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30):
3. I think about sex all the time.
6. I think about sex more than anything else.
9. I don't daydream about sexual situations. (R)
12. I tend to be preoccupied with sex.
15. I'm constantly thinking about having sex.
18. I think about sex a great deal of the time.
21. I seldom think about sex. (R)
24. I hardly ever fantasize about having sex. (R)
27. I probably think about sex less often than most people. (R)
30. I don't think about sex very often. (R)
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CODING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ITEMS: After several items (shown with an R) are reverse coded (A=E; B=D; C=C; D=B; E=A), the relevant items on each subscale are then coded so that A = 0; B = 1; C = 2; D = 3; and E = 4. Next, the items on each subscale are summed, so that higher scores correspond to greater sexual esteem, sexual depression, and sexual preoccupation.

Permission is granted to individuals to use the Sexuality Scale for research purposes.
Permission granted by William E. Snell, Jr. on February 14, 1997.


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