Sexual Self-Disclosure Questionnaire

Author of Tool: 

Byers & Demmons

Key references: 

Byers, E. S., & Demmons, S. (1999). Sexual satisfaction and sexual self-disclosure within dating relationships. Journal of Sex Research, 36, 180-189.

MacNeil, S., & Byers, E. S. (2009). Role of sexual self-disclosure in the sexual satisfaction of long-term heterosexual couples. Journal of Sex Research, 46, 3-14. 

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Sexual Self-Disclosure Questionnaire was designed to examine how much the respondent has told their partner about their sexual likes and dislikes.


The Sexual Self-Disclosure Questionnaire (Byers & Demmons, 1999) was used to assess the extent of sexual self-disclosure (SSD) between partners.  Six of 12 items assess how much participants have communicated what they like about a range of sexual activities they have engaged in as a couple (e.g., kissing, touching, intercourse) with their partner; the other six items assess how much they have told their partner about what they do not like about these sexual activities.  Respondents indicate the extent of their self-disclosure on a 7-point scale ranging from nothing at all (1) to everything (7) such that scores range from 12 to 84.  

Keywords: communication, sexual self-disclosure, sexuality, relationships, sex, self-disclosure


Byers and Demmons (1999) reported high internal consistency for daters for this measure using a 4-point response scale. Internal consistency for participants who completed all 12 items has also been found to be high (α = .94 for men and .92 for women) (MacNeil & Byers, 2009).



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