The reliability and validity of instruments supporting the sexual self-control model

Humphreys, Terry P.; Kennett, Deborah J.
March 2010
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2010, Vol. 19 Issue 1/2, p1
Academic Journal
Young women often voluntarily give-in to unwanted sexual activity not involving force. Kennett, Humphreys, and Patchell (2009) proposed a new conceptual model of sexual self-control that delineated the factors empowering young women to be resourceful in such situations. The present study extended the Kennett et al. model by providing reliability, construct and predictive validity to the various measures that make up the sexual self-control model. Three hundred and thirty heterosexual female undergraduate students completed an online questionnaire. Sixty-three participants completed a retest seven weeks later. Results demonstrated strong support for the measures that make up the sexual self-control model, i.e., the reasons for consent to unwanted sexual activity scale, the sexual self-efficacy questionnaire, the sexual resourcefulness scale, and the sexual giving-in experiences survey, and for the model itself. Future applications of the sexual self-control model are discussed.


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