Sexual Desire Inventory-2 (SDI-2)

14-item scale for sexual desire

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1.During this last month, how often would you have liked to engage in sexual activity with a partner (for example, touching each other’s genitals, giving or receiving oral stimulation, intercourse, etc.)?
2.During this last month, how often have you had sexual thoughts involving a partner?
3.When you have sexual thoughts how strong is your desire to engage in sexual behavior with a partner?
4.When you first see an attractive person, how strong is your sexual desire?
5.When you spend time with an attractive person (for example, at work or school), how strong is your sexual desire?
6.When you are in romantic situations (such as a candle-lit dinner, a walk on the beach, etc.) how strong is your sexual desire?
7.How important is it for you to fulfill your sexual desire though activity with a partner?
8.Compare to other people of your age and sex, how would you rate your desire to behave sexually with a partner?
9.During this last month, how often would you have liked to behave sexually by yourself (for example, masturbating, touching you genitals, etc.)?
10.How strong is your desire to engage in sexual behavior by yourself?
11.How important is it for you to fulfill your desires to behave sexually by yourself?
12.Compared to other people your age and sex, how would you rate your desire to behave sexually by yourself?
13.How long could you go comfortably without having sexual activity of some kind?
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1. During this last month, how often would you have liked to engage in sexual activity with a partner (for example, touching each other’s genitals, giving or receiving oral stimulation, intercourse, etc.)?

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About this Calculator

The Sexual Desire Inventory- 2 (SDI-2) was created by Spector, Carey and Steinberg in order to develop a measure that quantified sexual desire in cognitive terms as opposed to previous measures that used predominantly behavioural methods in 1996. The SDI-2 is a brief 14-item scale, based on the original scale, that aims to measure the multidimensional construct of sexual desire in a dyadic context.

The items were selected using theoretical models of desire, and diagnostic criteria used in the DSM-III-R for Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD), and clinical experience in assessing and treating sexual desire disorders. The items were presented initially to sexology researchers and clinicians. Since then it has been widely used to assess sexual desire in men and women throughout the world. This questionnaire has been studied and shows validity and reliability, yet even with its wide clinical use it has a limited number of studies with psychometric properties that would make it usable for screening, or diagnosis.

References

Tarak Patel, M.D. M.Sc.

The sexual desire inventory: development, factor structure, and evidence of reliability.

Spector IP, Carey MP, Steinberg L. J Sex Marital Ther. 1996;22(3):175-90.

Tarak Patel, M.D. M.Sc.

Sexual Desire Inventory: Two or Three Dimensions?.

Moyano N, Vallejo-medina P, Sierra JC. J Sex Res. 2017;54(1):105-116.

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