The assessment of sexual function and marital interaction

Raul C. Schiavi, Leonard R. Derogatis, Judy Kuriansky, Dagmar O’Connor, Lawrence Sharpe

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The increasing need expressed by clinicians and researchers alike for valid and reliable psychological measures of sexual behavior and adjustment contrast with the limited available information on the assessment of human sexual functioning. The aim of this article is to present relevant data on the psychometric characteristics of scales designed to measure one or more aspects of human sexual activity and marital interaction. This list is by no means exhaustive but covers most assessments of either individuals or dyads, mainly in a heterosexual context. Under the title of the scales, which have been arranged by alphabetical order according to the first author’s name, the information provided may permit a preliminary judgment concerning the potential applicability of the instrument to the reader’s need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes


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