Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 220–229

Test–Retest Reliability of Self-Reported Sexual Behavior, Sexual Orientation, and Psychosexual Milestones Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youths

  • Eric W. Schrimshaw
  • Margaret Rosario
  • Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg
  • Alice A. Scharf-Matlick
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10508-005-9006-2

Cite this article as:
Schrimshaw, E.W., Rosario, M., Meyer-Bahlburg, H.F.L. et al. Arch Sex Behav (2006) 35: 220. doi:10.1007/s10508-005-9006-2

Despite the importance of reliable self-reported sexual information for research on sexuality and sexual health, research has not examined reliability of information provided by gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) youths. Test–retest reliability of self-reported sexual behaviors, sexual orientation, sexual identity, and psychosexual developmental milestones was examined among an ethnically diverse sample of 64 self-identified GLB youths. Two face-to-face interviews were conducted approximately 2 weeks apart using the Sexual Risk Behavior Assessment Schedule for Homosexual Youths (SERBAS-Y-HM). Overall, the mean of the test–retest reliability coefficients was substantial for 6 of the 7 domains: lifetime sexual behaviors (M=.89), sexual behavior in the past 3 months (M=.96), unprotected sexual behavior in the past 3 months (M=.93), sexual identity (κ=.89), sexual orientation (M=.82), and ages of various psychosexual developmental milestones (M=.77). Inconsistent reliability was found for reports of sexual behaviors while using substances. A small number of gender differences emerged, with lower reliability among female youths in the lifetime number of same-sex partners. The overall findings suggest that a wide range of self-reported sexual information can be reliably assessed among GLB youths by means of interviewer-administered questionnaires, such as the SERBAS-Y-HM.

KEY WORDS:

reliabilitysexual behaviorcondom usesexual identitypsychosexual developmentadolescents.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric W. Schrimshaw
    • 1
    • 6
  • Margaret Rosario
    • 1
    • 2
  • Heino F. L. Meyer-Bahlburg
    • 3
  • Alice A. Scharf-Matlick
    • 5
  1. 1.Doctoral Program in PsychologyThe City University of New York - Graduate CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe City University of New York - The City CollegeNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral StudiesNew York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychiatryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychologyIona CollegeNew RochelleUSA
  6. 6.the Center for the Psychosocial Study of Health & IllnessMailman School of Public Health, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA