Perceptions of Love and Sex Scale


Author of Tool: 

Hendrick & Hendrick

Key references: 

Hendrick, S. S., & Hendrick, C. (2002). Linking romantic love with sex: Development of the perceptions of love and sex scale. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships19, 361-378. 

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Perceptions of Love and Sex Scale was developed to assess respondents’ beliefs about the connection between love and sex.


Love and sex have most commonly been discussed and studied separately. Given the evolutionary links between these two variables, Hendrick and Hendrick (2002) highlight the need to investigate common perceptions of the relationship between love and sex. The Perceptions of Love and Sex Scale was thus designed to assess laypersons’ conceptions of how love and sex are linked in their relationships. The scale consists of four subscales, Love is Most Important, Sex Demonstrates Love, Love Comes Before Sex, and Sex is Declining, and 27 items, each rated on a five-point likert scale that ranged from strongly agree to strongly disagree. Hendrick and Hendrick (2002) concluded that their investigations using the scale demonstrate the utility of studying sex and love together, rather than as separate, isolated constructs. 


Acceptable psychometric properties have been demonstrated (Hendrick & Hendrick, 2002).



Microsoft Office document iconPerception of Love and Sex Scale and Scoring Key

Other Information: 

Other keywords: love, sex, relationship, marriage

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