Sex Roles

, Volume 42, Issue 7–8, pp 637–660 | Cite as

Measuring Sexual Relationship Power in HIV/STD Research

  • Julie Pulerwitz
  • Steven L. Gortmaker
  • William DeJong


This article introduces a theoretically based and validated measure of relationship power dynamics: the Sexual Relationship Power Scale (SRPS). Focus groups were conducted to generate items for Spanish- and English-language scales. The SRPS was administered to a census of women (N = 388) at a community health clinic. All respondents had a primary male partner; they were mostly Latina (89%), with mean age 27 years. The 23-item SRPS possesses good internal reliability (coefficient alpha = .84 for English version, .88 for Spanish version) and predictive and construct validity. Factor analyses support two subscales: Relationship Control and Decision-Making Dominance. As hypothesized, the SRPS was inversely associated with physical violence and directly associated with education and consistent condom use (p < .05).


Focus Group Social Psychology Community Health Construct Validity Coefficient Alpha 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Pulerwitz
    • 1
  • Steven L. Gortmaker
    • 1
  • William DeJong
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard School of Public HealthUSA

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