Development and psychometric evaluation of the sexual intent scale

Richard J. Harnish, K. Robert Bridges, Karen M. Rottschaefer

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Men have been found to attribute more sexual meaning to cross-gender interactions than women do-a finding that has come to be known as the oversexualization effect. Despite the large body of research supporting the notion that men are more biased in their perceptions than women, researchers are moving beyond gender differences and examining personality variables to identify factors that can explain and predict the oversexualization effect. However, results have been mixed. Thus, the goal of this study was to develop a measurement tool, the Sexual Intent Scale, which assesses individual differences in attributing sexual intent. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) of the Sexual Intent Scale revealed the scale has three components we termed Sexual Facility, Friendship Facility, and Sexual Empathy. Temporal reliability and convergent and construct validity as well as norms and subscale correlations are presented. Results are discussed in terms of the scale's utility and directions for future research are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-680
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sex Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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