Compendium of

Gender Scales

Sexual Relationship Power Scale (SRPS)

Scale Objective

To measure power within sexual relationships

Type(s) of Behavior or Outcomes Predicted

Types of Items Included

Number of Items and Subscales

Relationship Control Factor/Subscale Items

Decision-Making Dominance Subscale Items

Scoring Procedures

Each of the 23 items in the two subscales was scored on a 4-point Likert scale, with 1 = strongly agree, 2 = agree, 3 = disagree, and 4 = strongly disagree. High scores represent high sexual relationship power. Certain items were reverse-scored if high scores would reflect low sexual relationship power. Scores for the two subscales were calculated separately, then combined into the SRPS.

Psychometrics Used in Scale Construction

Type(s) of Statistics Used to Test Predictive Validity

Used with Women


Used with Men



Additional Information

SRPS appears to be a useful measure for relationship power, including for youth and different ethnicities and cultures. It has demonstrated good predictive validity and internal consistency, though sometimes has appeared to be more relevant for women than for men. The relationship control subscale has been sometimes more internally consistent than the decision-making dominance subscale.



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