Development and bi-cultural validation of the new sexual satisfaction scale (NSSS)  [presentation, ppt, 218 kB] [short paper, pdf, 198 kB]

Stulhofer A., Busko V., Brouillard P., Kuljanic K.
First author's affiliation: Department of Sociology, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

In this paper we present the development and bi-cultural validation of a new measure of sexual satisfaction. A review of the existing measures of sexual satisfaction demonstrated the need for a measure that would be theoretically grounded, focused on sexual satisfaction rather than the absence of sexual health difficulties, gender non-specific, equally useful in assessing sexual satisfaction among heterosexual and homosexual persons, among individuals in committed relationships and those who are not in a relationship, and valid across contemporary cultures. The New Sexual Satisfaction Scale (NSSS) is based on a 5-dimensional conceptual model, which emphasizes the importance of sexual activities, sexual exchange, sexual sensations, sexual presence/focusing, and emotional closeness for one's sexual satisfaction. Scale construction and validation were carried out using seven different samples, three student and four community samples (including one clinical sample), with over 2000 participants aged 18-60, surveyed in Croatia and the US. Factor analysis pointed to two underlying dimensions of sexual satisfaction: the ego-centered factor and the partner & sexual activity-centered factor. Reliability of the two subscales and the full NSSS (k = 20) was high in all independent samples (alpha coefficients ranged from .90 to .95). Further analysis confirmed construct validity of the scale in both cultures. The NSSS was also found to have satisfactory one-month temporal stability. A short version of the NSSS (SNSSS; k = 12), which included items from all five theoretically implied dimensions, demonstrated reliability and validity comparable to the full scale.