The Sexual Self-Disclosure Scale (SSDS)

Scale # 1 (The Revised Sexual Self-Disclosure Scale)
1. My past sexual experiences.
2. The kinds of touching that sexually arouse me.
3. My private sexual fantasies.
4. The sexual preferences that I have.
5. The types of sexual behaviors I have engaged in.
6. The sensations that are sexually exciting to me.
7. My “juicy” sexual thoughts.
8. What I would desire in a sexual encounter.
9. The sexual positions I have tried.
10. The types of sexual foreplay that feel arousing to me.
11. The sexual episodes that I daydream about.
12. The things I enjoy most about sex.
13. What sex in an intimate relationship means to me.
14. My private beliefs about sexual responsibility.
15. Times when sex was distressing for me.
16. The times I have pretended to enjoy sex.
17. Times when I prefer to refrain from sexual activity.
18. What it means to me to have sex with my partner.
19. My own ideas about sexual accountability.
20. Times when I was pressured to have sex.
21. The times I have lied about sexual matters.
22. The times when I might not want to have sex.
23. What I think and feel about ha‎ving sex with my partner.
24. The notion that one is accountable for one’s sexual behaviors.
25. The aspects of sex that bother me.
26. How I would feel about sexual dishonesty.
27. My ideas about not ha‎ving sex unless I want to.
28. How I feel about abortions.
29. My personal views about homosexuals.
30. My own ideas about why rapes occur.
31. My personal views about people with AIDS.
32. What I consider “proper” sexual behavior.
33. My beliefs about pregnancy prevention.
34. Opinions I have about homosexual relationships.
35. What I really feel about rape.
36. Concerns that I have about the disease AIDS.
37. The sexual behaviors that I consider appropriate.
38. How I feel about pregnancy at this time.
39. My reactions to working with a homosexual.
40. My reactions to rape.
41. My feelings about working with someone who has AIDS.
42. My personal beliefs about sexual morality.
43. How satisfied I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
44. How guilty I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
45. How calm I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
46. How depressed I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
47. How jealous I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
48. How apathetic I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
49. How anxious I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
50. How happy I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
51. How angry I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
52. How afraid I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
53. How pleased I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
54. How shameful I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
55. How serene I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
56. How sad I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
57. How possessive I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
58. How indifferent I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
59. How troubled I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
60. How cheerful I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
61. How mad I feel about the sexual aspect of my life.
62. How fearful I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
63. How delighted I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
64. How embarrassed I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
65. How relaxed I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
66. How unhappy I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
67. How suspicious I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
68. How detached I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
69. How worried I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
70. How joyful I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
71. How irritated I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
72. How frightened I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
Scale # 2 (The Sexual Self-Disclosure Scale)
 
 
INSTRUCTIONS: This survey is concerned with the extent to which you have discussed the following 60 topics about sexuality with several different people. Listed below you will notice four columns which represent the following individuals: (A) your mother‚ (B) your father‚ (C) your best male friend‚ and (D) your best female friend. For each of these people‚ indicate how much you have discussed these topics with them.
1. My past sexual experiences.
2. The things that sexually arouse me.
3. My imaginary sexual encounters.
4. The sexual behaviors which I think people ought to exhibit .
5. What sex means to me.
6. How guilty I feel about sex.
7. How satisfied I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
8. Times when sex was distressing for me .
9. What I think about birth control .
10. My private notion of sexual responsibility.
11. The times I have faked orgasm.
12. My private views about rape.
13. The types of sexual behaviors I’ve engaged in.
14. The sexual activities that “feel good” to me.
15. my private sexual fantasies.
16. What I consider “proper” sexual behaviors.
17. What it means to me to make love together with someone.
18. How anxious I feel about my sex life.
19. How content I feel about the sexual aspects of my life.
20. Times when I had undesired sex 20 80 140 200
21. How I feel about abortions.
22. The responsibility one ought to assume for one’s sexuality.
23. The times I have pretended to enjoy sex.
24. The “truths and falsehoods” about rape.
25. The number of times I have had sex.
26. The behaviors that are sexually exciting to me.
27. My sexually exciting imaginary thoughts.
28. The sexual conduct that people ought to exhibit .
29. What I think and feel about ha‎ving sex with someone‚
30. How depressed I feel about my own sexuality.
31. How happy I feel about my sexuality.
32. Times when I was pressured to have sex.
33. How I feel about pregnancy.
34. My own ideas about sexual accountability.
35. The times I have lied about sexual matters.
36. What women and men really feel about rape.
37. The sexual positions I’ve tried.
38. The sensations that are sexually arousing to me.
39. My “juicy” sexual thoughts.
40. My attitudes about sexual behaviors .
41. The meaning that sexual intercourse has for me.
42. How frustrated I feel about my sex life.
43. How much joy that sex gives me.
44. The aspects of sex that bother me.
45. My private beliefs about pregnancy prevention.
46. The idea of ha‎ving to answer for one’s sexual conduct.
47. What I think about sexual disloyalty.
48. Women’s and men’s reactions to rape.
49. The places and times-of-day when I’ve had sex.
50. The types of sexual foreplay that feel arousing to me.
51. The sexual episodes that I daydream about.
52. My personal beliefs about sexual morality.
53. The importance that I attach to making love with someone.
54. How angry I feel about the sexual aspect of my life.
55. How enjoyable I feel about my sexuality.
56. Times when I wanted to leave a sexual encounter.
57. The pregnancy precautions that people ought to take.
58. The notion one is answerable for one’s sexual behaviors.
59. How I feel about sexual honesty.
60. Women’s and men’s reactions to rape.
 
This instrument can be found online at: http://www4.semo.edu/snell/scales/SSDS.htm   &
 
Scale # 1
(1) = I HAVE NOT DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC WITH AN INTIMATE PARTNER.
(2) = I HAVE SLIGHTLY DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC WITH AN INTIMATE PARTNER.
(3) = I HAVE MODERATELY DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC WITH AN INTIMATE PARTNER.
(4) = I HAVE MOSTLY DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC WITH AN INTIMATE PARTNER.
(5) = I HAVE FULLY DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC WITH AN INTIMATE PARTNER.
(1) sexual behaviors (items 1‚5‚ 9); (2) sexual sensations (items 2‚ 6‚ 10); (3) sexual fantasies (items 3‚ 7‚ 11); (4) sexual preferences (items 4‚ 8‚ 12); (5) meaning of sex (items 13‚ 18‚ 23); (6) sexual accountability (items 14‚ 19‚ 24); (7) distressing sex (items 15‚ 20‚ 25); (8) sexual dishonesty (items 16‚ 21‚ 26); (9) sexual delay preferences (items 17‚ 22‚ 27); (10) abortion and pregnancy (items 28‚ 33‚ 38); (11) homosexuality (items 29‚ 34‚ 39); (12) rape (items 30‚ 35‚ 40); (13) AIDS (items 31‚ 36‚ 41); (14) sexual morality (items 32‚ 37‚ 42); (15) sexual satisfaction (items 43‚ 53‚ 63); (16) sexual guilt (items 44‚ 54‚ 64); (17) sexual calmness (items 45‚ 55‚ 65); (18) sexual depression (items 46‚ 56‚ 66); (19) sexual jealousy (items 47‚ 57‚ 67); (20) sexual apathy (items 48‚ 58‚ 68); (21) sexual anxiety (items 49‚ 59‚ 69); (22) sexual happiness (items 50‚ 60‚ 70); (23) sexual anger (items 51‚ 61‚ 71); and (24) sexual fear (items 52‚ 62‚ 72).
Scale # 2
(1) = I HAVE NOT DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC: (A) WITH YOUR MOTHER. ..(B) WITH YOUR FATHER. ..(C) WITH YOUR BEST MALE FRIEND. (D) WITH YOUR BEST FEMALE FRIEND.
(2) = I HAVE SLIGHTLY DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC 🙁 A). (B). (C). (D)
(3) = I HAVE MODERATELY DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC: 🙁 A). (B). (C). (D)
(4) = I HAVE MOSTLY DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC: 🙁 A). (B). (C). (D)
(5) = I HAVE FULLY DISCUSSED THIS TOPIC: 🙁 A). (B). (C). (D)
(1). Sexual Behavior (Items 1‚ 13‚ 25‚ 37‚ 49); (2). Sexual Sensations (Items 2‚ 14‚ 26‚ 38‚ 50); (3). Sexual Fantasies (Items 3‚ 15‚ 27‚ 39‚ 51); (4). Sexual Attitudes (Items 4‚ 16‚ 28‚ 40‚52); (5). Meaning of Sex (Items 5‚ 17‚ 29‚ 41‚ 53); (6). Negative Sexual Affect (Items 6‚ 18‚30‚ 42‚ 54); (7). Positive Sexual Affect (Items 7‚ 19‚ 31‚ 43‚ 55); (8). Sexual Concerns (Items8‚ 20‚ 32‚ 44‚ 56); (9). Birth Control (Items 9‚ 21‚ 33‚ 45‚ 57); (10). Sexual Responsibility(Items 10‚ 22‚ 34‚ 46‚ 58); (11). Sexual Dishonesty (Items 11‚ 23‚ 35‚ 47‚ 59); and (12). Rape (Items 12‚ 24‚ 36‚ 48‚ 60)
 

Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr. (in press). The Sexual Self-Disclosure Scale. In C. M. Davis‚ W. L. Yarber‚ and S. L. Davis (Eds.)‚ Handbook of sexuality-related measures. Newbury Park: Sage.

     Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr.‚ Belk‚ S. S.‚ Papini‚ D. R.‚ & Clark‚ S. (1989). Development and validation of the Sexual Self-Disclosure Scale. Annals of Sex Research‚ 2‚ 307-334.

     Papini‚ D. R.‚ Clark‚ S. M.‚ & Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr. (1988). An evaluation of adolescent patterns of sexual self- disclosure to parents and friends. Journal of Adolescent Research‚ 3‚ 387-401.

Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr.‚ & Belk‚ S. S. (1987‚ April). Development of the Sexual Self-Disclosure Scale (SSDS): Sexual disclosure to female and male therapists. Paper presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association‚ New Orleans‚ LA.