Development of the sexual sensation-seeking scale for African American adolescent women

Ralph Diclemente, Robin R. Milhausen, Laura F. Salazar, Joshua Spitalnick, Jessica Mcdermott Sales, Richard A. Crosby, Sinead N. Younge, Gina M. Wingood

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We used data derived from two independent studies to examine the psychometric properties of a new scale to measure adolescents' willingness to engage in sexual sensation-seeking behavior. In Study 1, the Sexual Sensation-Seeking Scale for Adolescents (SSSA) was administered to a sample of 715 African American adolescents ranging in age from 15 to 21 years. The SSSA demonstrated strong internal consistency, moderate stability, and satisfactory construct validity. In Study 2, the SSSA data from a subsample of African American adolescent women detained in youth detention centers were analyzed (N = 103). Strong internal consistency was demonstrated with this sample as well. The results indicate that the SSSA is a reliable and valid measure of sexual sensation seeking for African American adolescent women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-261
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Adolescents
  • African americans
  • Sensation seeking
  • Sexual risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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