Hurlbert Index of Sexual Assertiveness

Hurlbert Index of Sexual Assertiveness‌‌‌‌‌

DAVID F. HURLBERT,1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Hurlbert Index of Sexual Assertiveness (HISA) is described by Hurlbert (1991).


Hulbert Index of Sexual Assertiveness


This inventory is designed to measure the degree of sexual assertiveness you have in the sexual relationship with your partner. This is not a test, so there are no right or wrong answers. Please answer each item as accurately as you can by placing a number by each question as follows:

0 = All of the time  1 = Most of the time  2 = Some of the time  3 = Rarely  4 = Never


  1. I feel uncomfortable talking during sex.
  2. I feel that I am shy when it comes to sex.
  3. I approach my partner for sex when I desire it.
  4. I think I am open with my partner about my sexual needs.
  5. I enjoy sharing my sexual fantasies with my partner.
  6. I feel uncomfortable talking to my friends about sex.
  7. I communicate my sexual desires to my partner.
  8. It is difficult for me to touch myself during sex.
  9. It is hard for me to say no even when I do not want sex.
  10. I am reluctant to describe myself as a sexual person.
  11. I feel uncomfortable telling my partner what feels good.
  12. I speak up for my sexual feelings.
  13. I am reluctant to insist that my partner satisfy me.
  14. I find myself having sex when I do not really want it.
  15. When a technique does not feel good, I tell my partner.
  16. I feel comfortable giving sexual praise to my partner.
  17. It is easy for me to discuss sex with my partner.
  18. I feel comfortable in initiating sex with my partner.
  19. I find myself doing sexual things that I do not like.
  20. Pleasing my partner is more important than my pleasure.
  21. I feel comfortable telling my partner how to touch me.
  22. I enjoy masturbating myself to orgasm.
  23. If something feels good, I insist on doing it again.
  24. It is hard for me to be honest about my sexual feelings.
  25. I try to avoid discussing the subject of sex.


Note. Reverse-score item numbers: 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, and 23.


Address correspondence to David F. Hurlbert, 140 Farnworth Lane Roswell, Georgia 30075; e-mail: [email protected]



Hurlbert, D. F. (1991). The role of assertiveness in female sexuality: A comparative study between sexually assertive and sexually nonassert- ive women. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 17, 183–190.