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Factor reliability analyses of the YSEX? in a sample of women with same-sex attraction

Factor reliability analyses of the YSEX? in a sample of women with same-sex attraction
Factor reliability analyses of the YSEX? in a sample of women with same-sex attraction
The “Why Have Sex?” questionnaire (YSEX?) is a comprehensive research tool developed to provide an organized taxonomy of reasons for engaging in sex for men and women. The measure has been empirically validated and has shown high internal reliability in general samples. The current study evaluated the psychometric properties of the YSEX? in a sample of 146 women with same-sex attraction. The questionnaire was completed by women considering motivations for casual sex and sex in a committed relationship with a female partner. Cronbach's alphas were calculated for each of the factors and subfactors of the YSEX? and overall reliability was excellent. Additionally, principal component analyses were conducted to determine if the previously established four-factor structure of the YSEX? could be replicated in this sample. While the four-facture structure accounted for much of the observed variance (79.0% for motivations for casual sex; 71.2% for motivations for sex in a committed relationship), results suggest that a three-factor structure may be more representative of the data, likely due to characteristics of the current sample. Based on the results of the analyses conducted, the YSEX? measure is reliable for women with same-sex attraction considering casual sex and sex in a committed relationship with a female partner.
1468-1994
339-350
Armstrong, Heather L.
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Reissing, Elke D.
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Armstrong, Heather L.
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Reissing, Elke D.
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Armstrong, Heather L. and Reissing, Elke D. (2014) Factor reliability analyses of the YSEX? in a sample of women with same-sex attraction. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 29 (3), 339-350. (doi:10.1080/14681994.2014.920084).

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The “Why Have Sex?” questionnaire (YSEX?) is a comprehensive research tool developed to provide an organized taxonomy of reasons for engaging in sex for men and women. The measure has been empirically validated and has shown high internal reliability in general samples. The current study evaluated the psychometric properties of the YSEX? in a sample of 146 women with same-sex attraction. The questionnaire was completed by women considering motivations for casual sex and sex in a committed relationship with a female partner. Cronbach's alphas were calculated for each of the factors and subfactors of the YSEX? and overall reliability was excellent. Additionally, principal component analyses were conducted to determine if the previously established four-factor structure of the YSEX? could be replicated in this sample. While the four-facture structure accounted for much of the observed variance (79.0% for motivations for casual sex; 71.2% for motivations for sex in a committed relationship), results suggest that a three-factor structure may be more representative of the data, likely due to characteristics of the current sample. Based on the results of the analyses conducted, the YSEX? measure is reliable for women with same-sex attraction considering casual sex and sex in a committed relationship with a female partner.

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Accepted/In Press date: 25 April 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 June 2014
Published date: 3 July 2014

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Local EPrints ID: 429949
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429949
ISSN: 1468-1994
PURE UUID: 6662314a-7534-49c8-8139-7ad528779721
ORCID for Heather L. Armstrong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1071-8644

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Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:20

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Author: Elke D. Reissing

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