Sex Roles

, Volume 53, Issue 5–6, pp 361–369 | Cite as

Measuring the Dimensions of Women's Sexuality: The Women's Sexual Self-Concept Scale

  • Suzanne M. Johnson VickbergEmail author
  • Kay Deaux


The sexual self-concept is an important component of the self-concept that researchers have rarely examined. The Women's Sexual Self-Concept Scale (WSSCS) is a 39-item measure designed to assess women's sexual self-concept. Women rate the extent to which various behaviors, cognitions, emotions, and adjectives describe their sexuality. In a study with 262 women, the measure was found to be both reliable and valid. Three factors were identified through exploratory Principal Components Analysis. Women rated themselves highest on the Reserved Approach subscale, followed by the Agentic Sexuality subscale, and the Negative Associations subscale. Compared to a stereotype of women's sexuality (obtained with a mixed-gender group of 444 participants), the women in the present study rated themselves higher on the Reserved Approach subscale and lower on the Negative Associations subscale. Group differences in women's sexual self-concepts were identified by past xinvolvement in romantic or sexual relationships, and current sexual involvement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social-Personality Psychology, The Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkUSA
  2. 2.Maplewood

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