The arizona sexual experience scale (Asex): Reliability and validity

Cynthia A. McGahuey, Alan J. Gelenberg, Cindi A. Laukes, Francisco A. Moreno, Pedro L. Delgado, Kathy M. McKnight, Rachel Manber

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Although sexual dysfunction is common in psychiatric patients, quantification of sexual dysfunction is limited by the paucity of validated, user-friendly scales. In order to address this problem, the authors have developed the Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale (ASEX), a five-item rating scale that quantifies sex drive, arousal, vaginal lubrication/penile erection, ability to reach orgasm, and satisfaction from orgasm. Possible total scores range from 5 to 30, with the higher scores indicating more sexual dysfunction. This study assesses the internal consistency, test–retest reliability, and convergent and discriminant validity of the ASEX.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-38
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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