Development and bicultural validation of the new sexual satisfaction scale

J Sex Res. 2010 Jul;47(4):257-68. doi: 10.1080/00224490903100561.


The development and bicultural validation of the New Sexual Satisfaction Scale (NSSS)--a 20 item, multidimensional, composite measure of sexual satisfaction--is presented. The development of the scale was based on a five-dimension, conceptual model that emphasized the importance of multiple domains of sexual behavior including sexual sensations, sexual awareness and focus, sexual exchange, emotional closeness, and sexual activity. Scale construction and validation were carried out using seven independent samples with over 2,000 participants aged 18 to 55 in Croatia and the United States. Primary data collection was completed using online survey tools. Analyses did not confirm the proposed conceptual framework but suggested a two-dimensional structure focusing on self ("ego-centered") and the other (a "partner- and sexual activity-centered" factor) domains, each containing items representing all five conceptual dimensions. Scale reliability (k = 20) was satisfactory for all samples, and construct validity was confirmed in both cultures. The NSSS was also found to have acceptable one-month stability. It is suggested that the NSSS may be a useful tool for assessing sexual satisfaction regardless of a person's gender, sexual orientation, and relationship status.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Croatia
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Female
  • Homosexuality
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Principal Component Analysis
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Students
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • United States
  • Young Adult