Quality of Life Concepts

Secondary Health Conditions

Sexuality Scale

Description: A measure of sexual esteem, sexual depression, and sexual preoccupation [1].

Format:  30 items asking respondents to indicate how much they agree or disagree with statements using a scale ranging from 1 (agree) to 5 (disagree). The Sexuality Scale measures three aspects of human sexuality: 

  1. sexual esteem, defined as positive regard for and confidence in the capacity to experience one’s sexuality in a satisfying and enjoyable way,
  2. sexual depression, defined as the experience of feelings of sadness, unhappiness, and depression regarding one’s sex life, and
  3. sexual preoccupation, defined as the tendency to think about sex to an excessive degree.

Scoring:  Responses are scored on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 0 to 4, and scores are coded so that higher scores correspond to greater sexual esteem, depression, and preoccupation. To create subscale scores, the items on each subscale are summed.

Psychometrics for SCI: Reported Cronbach’s alpha levels range between 0.92 and 0.94.

QoL Concept: The questionnaire measures subjective well-being, which corresponds to Box E (life satisfaction/subjective well-being) of Dijker’s Model.

Permissions/Where to Obtain: Public Domain; The Sexuality Scale can be obtained from http://www4.semo.edu/snell/scales/SS.htm.

References:

  1. Mona LR, Krause JS, Norris FH, Cameron RP, Kalichman SC, Lesondak LM. Sexual expression following spinal cord injury. NeuroRehabilitation 2000;15:121-31.

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