Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale (BSAS)

Author of Tool: 

Hendrick, Hendrick, & Reich

Key references: 

Hendrick, C., Hendrick, S. S., & Reich, D. A. (2006). The brief sexual attitudes scale. Journal of Sex Research43, 76-86. 

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale (BSAS) is designed to measure the respondent’s attitudes towards sex.


Hendrick and Hendrick (1987) developed the Sexual Attitudes Scale to assess multi-dimensional attitudes towards sex. However, the scale was abbreviated and modified to create the Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale (BSAS), an instrument that is more efficient and easier to administer. The BSAS is made up of four subscales: Permissiveness, Birth Control, Communion, and Instrumentality. The 23 items are rated on five-point likert scale that ranges from strongly agree and strongly disagree. 


Hendrick et al. (2006) present evidence for the instrument’s strong psychometric properties.



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Other Information: 

Other keywords: sex, sexual attitudes

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