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Validation of the Orgasm Rating Scale in the Context of Masturbation

Oscar Cervilla1, Pablo Vallejo-Medina2, Carmen Gómez-Berrocal1, Denis de la Torre1, and Juan Carlos Sierra1

1 Universidad de Granada and
2 Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz, Bogotá

Background: The Orgasm Rating Scale (ORS) assesses the subjective experience of orgasm. Its psychometric properties have only been examined in the context of sexual intercourse. This study aims to validate the ORS in the context of solitary masturbation. Methods: A sample of 1,171 men and 1,424 women aged 18-83 years (M = 40.51, SD = 12.07) completed the ORS in the solitary masturbation context along with other scales to assess sexual attitudes, solitary sexual desire, propensity for sexual arousal/inhibition, and sexual functioning.  Results: A four-dimensional structure was confirmed, similar to the homologous version for the context of sexual intercourse. Measures obtained from the ORS were sex and age invariant, exhibited adequate internal consistency, discriminated between people with orgasmic difficulties, and were associated with related variables. Conclusions: The ORS is a multidimensional measure that provides reliable, valid measures of the subjective experience of orgasm in the context of solitary masturbation.

Validación de la Orgasm Rating Scale en el Contexto de la Masturbación. Antecedentes: la Orgasm Rating Scale (ORS) evalúa la experiencia subjetiva del orgasmo. Sus propiedades psicométricas únicamente se examinaron en el contexto de las relaciones sexuales. El objetivo de este estudio es validar la ORS en el contexto de la masturbación en solitario. Método: una muestra formada por 1.171 hombres y 1.424 mujeres de 18 a 83 años (M = 40,51; DT = 12,07) completaron la ORS en el contexto de la masturbación en solitario junto con otras escalas para evaluar actitudes sexuales, deseo sexual solitario, propensión a la excitación/inhibición sexual y funcionamiento sexual.  Resultados: se confirma una estructura de cuatro dimensiones, al igual que su versión homóloga para el contexto de las relaciones sexuales. Las medidas obtenidas mediante la ORS son invariantes por sexo y edad, sus dimensiones muestran una adecuada consistencia interna, discriminan entre personas con y sin dificultades orgásmicas y se relacionan con variables afines. Conclusiones: la ORS es una medida multidimensional que aporta medidas fiables y válidas de la experiencia subjetiva del orgasmo en el contexto de la masturbación en solitario.


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