Validation of the Sexual Communication Self-Efficacy Scale

Health Educ Behav. 2016 Apr;43(2):165-71. doi: 10.1177/1090198115598986. Epub 2015 Aug 17.


This study assessed a newly developed Sexual Communication Self-Efficacy Scale designed to measure the sexual communication self-efficacy of adolescent men and women. Three-hundred and seventy-four U.K. adolescents completed this new scale, along with several other validity measures. Factor analysis revealed that the Sexual Communication Self-Efficacy Scale consisted of five underlying factors: contraception communication, positive sexual messages, negative sexual messages, sexual history, and condom negotiation. These factors demonstrated high internal consistency and presents evidence to support construct validity. This scale may have utility in assessing the effectiveness of interventions designed to enhance sexual communication and sexual health behaviors among young people.

Keywords: adolescence; sexual communication self-efficacy; sexual health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Communication*
  • Condoms / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Reproductive Health
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Sexual Behavior*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult