The Sexual Problems Self-Assessment Questionnaire is part of a research and development project; it is unfinished and there are no scoring norms. It is being explored as a tool to aid in making a comprehensive assessment of sexual issues in women and men.

Scores on the Sexual Problems Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SPSAQ), and How to Use Them

The SPSAQ reports responses on a 100-point scale with 100 representing high dissatisfaction or high concern and 0 representing high satisfaction or low concern.

As a clinician using this instrument, you will receive summary answer sheets by email. The answer sheet you want is in the body of the email itself; print out the email (you may want to re-size it to fit on fewer pages) with the summary scores. In addition, there will be an attachment, a tab-separated-values (tsv) file, which is designed for research; you can ignore that file.

Use the data as a guide in your clinical interview, asking your client for more information in the areas of significant concern. In some areas, pain, for example, even a relatively low score may be significant in the client’s life.

Always realize these ratings are subjective and momentary. A client may change response. In fact, successful treatment would usually look to reducing scores in the areas of concern.

When working with a couple, the degree of congruence and complementarity in the partners’ experience is valuable information. Questionnaire data can bring discrepancies rapidly into view.

“I use the SPSAQ scores to guide diagnostic interviewing and have doubled my information-gathering efficiency.” —Elizabeth Rae Larson, MS, DHS; Director

If you have questions about the SPSAQ

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