Validity and Reliability of the Turkish Version of the Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women

Cetin S. A., Aslan E.

SEXUALITY AND CULTURE, vol.22, no.3, pp.881-893, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12119-018-9499-1
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.881-893
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Although several validated sexual satisfaction scales are globally relevant, none has demonstrated sufficient validity and reliability for use in Turkish populations, particularly women. This study aimed to assess the psychometric properties of the Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women (SSS-W) in the Turkish version. A descriptive study was conducted involving 300 women. The scale's validity and reliability were analyzed in two phases: phase I involved the translation and adaptation of the scale into Turkish and pilot testing; and phase II involved psychometric assessment. Content validity index was calculated and confirmatory factor analysis was conducted to test the scale's validity. To establish reliability we calculated Cronbach's alpha, item-total and subscale-total correlations, and test-retest reliability that indicated time invariance. The scale's content validity was reviewed by eight experts. Construct validity was established via confirmatory factor analysis; item factor loadings ranged .71-.93. Item-total score correlations ranged .49-.82; item-subscale score correlations ranged .58-.88; and subscale-total score correlations ranged .55-.92. Statistically significant correlations were found between each of these results (p < .001). Cronbach's alpha was .96 for the complete scale and ranged .89-.91 for subscales. The test-retest reliability analysis yielded no significant difference (p < .05). The results indicate that the Turkish version of the SSS-W is valid and reliable for determining sexual life quality in research and clinical practice.