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Toward the Development and Validation of a Measure of Sexual Boredom

John D. Watt and Jackie E. Ewing
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 33, No. 1 (1996), pp. 57-66
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3813495
Page Count: 10
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Toward the Development and Validation of a Measure of Sexual Boredom
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Abstract

We describe across three studies (N = 628) the development and initial validation of the Sexual Boredom Scale (SBS), a self-report measure of the tendency to experience boredom with the sexual aspects of one's life. The 18-item scale demonstrates high internal consistency (rs = .92 to .95) and one-month test-retest (r = .81) reliability. Validity evidence for the SBS is supported by positive correlations with the following measures: the Sexual-Depression and Sexual-Preoccupation subscales of the Sexuality Scale (Snell & Papini, 1989); the Index of Sexual Satisfaction, a measure of dyadic sexual discord (Hudson, Harrison, & Crosscup, 1981); the Boredom Proneness Scale (Farmer & Sundberg, 1986); and the Boredom Susceptibility, Experience Seeking, and Disinhibition subscales of the Sensation Seeking Scale (Zuckerman, 1979). The SBS was nonsignificantly correlated with sexual esteem, thrill and adventure seeking, and social desirability, and negatively associated with global life satisfaction. Overall, men possessed significantly greater sexual boredom scores than did women. Age differences, clinical applications, and directions for future study are discussed.

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