Brief Sexual Attitudes Scale (BSAS)

Originally Published on November 3rd, 2022 at 05:28 pm

This is a validated self-report assessment developed to help you better understand how your attitudes align with others. You can give the results link provided at the end of the evaluation to your therapist to discuss during your next session. Learn more about the assessment.

Below are several statements about sex, crafted to assess your attitudes about different aspects of sexuality. These aspects include:

  • Permissiveness: how accepting and open you are in relationships
  • Birth Control: Responsibility in birth control and its importance to sexuality.
  • Communion: How you feel about the act of being sexual, your partner, and the importance of the relationship in sex
  • Instrumentality: How much you enjoy the physical act of sex.
I do not need to be committed to a person to have sex with him/her.

Casual sex is acceptable.

I would like to have sex with many partners.

One-night stands are sometimes very enjoyable.

It is okay to have ongoing sexual relationships with more than one person at a time.

Sex as a simple exhange of favors is okay if both people agree to it.

The best sex is with no strings attached.

Life would have fewer problems if people could have sex more freely.

It is possible to enjoy sex with a person and not like that person very much.

It is okay for sex to be just good physical release.

Birth control is part of responsible sexuality.

A woman should share responsibility for birth control.

A man should share responsibility for birth control.

Sex is the closest form of communication between two people.

A sexual encounter between two people deeply in love is the ultimate human interaction.

At its best, sex seems to be the merging of two souls.

Sex is a very important part of life.

Sex is usually an intensive, almost overwhelming experience.

Sex is best when you let yourself go and focus on your own pleasure.

Sex is primarily the taking of pleasure from another person.

The main purpose of sex is to enjoy oneself.

Sex is primarily physical.

Sex is primarily a bodily function, like eating.