Validation of the Sexual Communication Self-Efficacy Scale

Christopher Quinn-Nilas, Robin R. Milhausen, Rebecca Breuer, Julia Bailey, Menelaos Pavlou, Ralph J. DiClemente, Gina M. Wingood

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-171
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Education and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2015


  • adolescence
  • sexual communication self-efficacy
  • sexual health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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