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Sexual Pressure Scale

The Sexual Pressure Scale (SPS) is a valid and reliable measure of gender stereotypical expectations to engage in sexual behavior.

Developed by:

Rachel Jones (Rutgers University)

Measure domains:

Condom Fear

Sex Coercion

Women's Sex Role

Men Expect Sex

Show Trust

Items and subscales:

19 Items

5 Subscales

Outcomes predicted:

Level of Dyadic Trust, Sexual victimization, HIV sexual risk behavior

Cronbach's alpha:

Range from 0.57 to 0.76

Study population(s):

Urban women ages 18-29 who had either a primary partner or non-primary partner.

Measure validated?:


Link(s) to Validation Study and/or Measure:

Uses in Other Studies:

Jones, R. & Gulick, E. (2009). “Reliability and Validity of the Sexual Pressure Scale for Women-Revised.” Research in Nursing and Health, 32 (1), 71-85. DOI: 10.1002/nur.20297.

Citation of original article

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Jones, R. (2006). “Reliability and Validity of the Sexual Pressure Scale.” Research in Nursing and Health, 29 (4), 281–293. DOI: 10.1002/nur.20142