Showing posts with label spirituality and sexuality. Show all posts
Showing posts with label spirituality and sexuality. Show all posts

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Holy Sex - Measuring Sanctification of Sexuality in Relationships

Two 10-item scales assess the degree to which couples view marital sexuality from a spiritual perspective.

Both scales published by Hernandez, Mahoney, and Pargament (2011) are rated on the same 7-point scale.

The wording is clearly aimed at married couples. Although they use the word God, note that in a similar scale focused on children from some of the same authors, participants are instructed to think of their own deity.

Revised Manifestation of God in Marital Sexuality

Two sample items:

     1) God played a role in my decision to have a sexual relationship with my spouse.

     2) Our sexual relationship speaks to the presence of God.

Revised Sacred Qualities of Marital Sexuality

Two sample items:

     1) Being sexually intimate with my spouse feels like a deeply spiritual experience.

     2) Our sexual relationship seems like a miracle to me.


There are 10-items in the scale. Participants are asked to respond on a 1 to 7 scale where 1 = Strongly Disagree, 4 = neutral, and 7 = Strongly Disagree.

Psychometric properties

See Hernandez et al. (2011) for evidence of adequate internal consistency values and  concurrent validity.


Link to the scales online

The items are also available in Hernandez et al. (2011).

Resource Link:  A – Z Test Index


Hernandez, K. M., Mahoney, A., & Pargament, K. I. (2011). Sanctification of sexuality: Implications for newlyweds' marital and sexual quality. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 775-780.

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