The sexual consent scale-revised: development, reliability, and preliminary validity

J Sex Res. 2010 Sep;47(5):420-8. doi: 10.1080/00224490903151358.


The Sexual Consent Scale-Revised (SCS-R) measures an individual's beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors with respect to how sexual consent should be and is negotiated between sexual partners. This study extends previous research on sexual consent by revising a scale using the Theory of Planned Behavior (Ajzen, 1991, 2001, 2005) as its theoretical foundation. The psychometric properties of the SCS-R were established using factor analysis, construct validity tests, as well as internal consistency and test-retest reliability. Five factors emerged: perceived behavioral control, positive attitude toward establishing consent, sexual consent norms, indirect consent behaviors, and awareness of consent. Results indicated that the SCS-R can be useful for examining a variety of research questions relating to sexual consent.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ontario
  • Psychometrics
  • Sexual Behavior* / psychology
  • Sexual Partners / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • Young Adult