Cohen and Byers (2014) demonstrated that the scale has high internal consistency for SMW in long-term relationships.
Evidence for the internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and validity of the scale has been demonstrated for married/cohabitating and dating heterosexual women as well as for SMW in committed relationships (Cohen & Byers, 2014; Lawrance et al., 2011).
Cohen and Byers (2015) showed that the scale has high internal consistency for SMW in long-term relationships consistent with the current study ([alpha] = .91).
Researchers have provided evidence for the internal consistency and construct validity of the scale with both heterosexuals and SMW (e.g., Chambless and Lifshitz, 1984; Cohen & Byers, 2015).
Cohen and Byers (2015) demonstrated that the scale has high internal consistency for SMW in long-term relationships.
The primary goal of this study was to enhance understanding of the sexual well-being of SMW daters with a history of CSA across a broad range of sexual indicators.
On average, the SMW both with and without a history of sexual abuse described experiencing their sexuality positively across behavioural, motivational, and cognitive-affective domains.
Research is needed to identify the mechanisms by which CSA adversely affects these aspects of SMW's sexuality.
Consistent with research using a heterosexual sample (Lemieux & Byers, 2008), the SMW with a CSA history did not report greater sexual anxiety.
We found that AASV is a common adverse sequela of CSA for many SMW. Indeed, we found that approximately 67% of the SMW with a CSA history had also experienced AASV.
In contrast, despite our use of a stringent definition of AASV (i.e., only contact experiences), we found no differences in the sexual well-being of SMW who had and had not experienced sexual victimization in adolescence or adulthood.
First, the extent to which the results can be generalized to all SMW is not known.