Inventory of Dyadic Heterosexual Preferences


Author of Tool: 

Daniel M. Purnine, Michael P. Carey, and Randall S. Jorgensen

Key references: 

Purnine, D. M., Carey, M. P., & Jorgensen, R. S. (1996). The Inventory of Dyadic Heterosexual Preferences (IDHP): Development and psychometric evaluation of a measure of couples’ preferred sexual scripts. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 34, 375-387.

Purnine, D. M., Carey, M. P., & Jorgensen, R. S. Inventory of Dyadic Heterosexual Preferences and Inventory of Dyadic Heterosexual Preferences- Other. In T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, W. L. Yarber, and S. L. Davis. (2011) Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Third Edition. New York: Routledge.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Inventory of Dyadic Heterosexual Preferences (IDHP) is a 27-item self-report measure of preferences of heterosexual men and women for a range of fairly conventional sexual behaviors in the context of a dyadic relationship. Specifically, the six domains of sexual preferences include: erotophilia, use of contraception, conventionality, use of erotica, use of drugs/alcohol, and romantic foreplay. Respondents indicate their level of agreement or disagreement with the each statement of preference on a 6-point Likert scale ranging from 1 (‘strongly disagree’) to 6 (‘strongly agree’). The IDHP takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.


The Inventory of Dyadic Heterosexual Preferences (IDHP) was developed to permit researchers to examine the association between specific preferences and numerous behavioural, personality, or dyadic correlates. This measure may also be useful for sex therapists who intends to compare the profile of preferences of both partners in a relationship. Importantly, an other-focused version of the IDHP can be administered, wherein the respondent indicates how he or she feels the partner would respond to the same items.


Psychometric evaluation of the IDHP is discussed in Purnine, Carey and Jorgensen (1996).



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