Reliability and validity of the Sexual Pressure Scale for Women-Revised

Res Nurs Health. 2009 Feb;32(1):71-85. doi: 10.1002/nur.20297.


Sexual pressure among young urban women represents adherence to gender stereotypical expectations to engage in sex. Revision of the original five-factor Sexual Pressure Scale was undertaken in two studies to improve reliabilities in two of the five factors. In Study 1 the reliability of the Sexual Pressure Scale for Women-Revised (SPSW-R) was tested, and principal components analysis was performed in a sample of 325 young, urban women. A parsimonious 18-item, four-factor model explained 61% of the variance. In Study 2 the theory underlying sexual pressure was supported by confirmatory factor analysis using structural equation modeling in a sample of 181 women. Reliabilities of the SPSW-R total and subscales were very satisfactory, suggesting it may be used in intervention research.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Courtship / psychology
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • New England
  • Power, Psychological
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Safe Sex / psychology
  • Sexual Harassment*
  • Sexual Partners / psychology*
  • Trust
  • Urban Population
  • Videotape Recording
  • Women's Health*