- Measures sexual adjustment after SCI.
- Designed to assess different aspects of sexuality before and after injury.
- Has 2 domains: interest in sexuality and sexual satisfaction.
- The SIS provides a reasonably well-defined spinal cord specific measure that may be useful in eliciting information regarding a sensitive area.
- Although it has not been widely used and psychometric properties have been reported by only one study, it is one of few sexuality scales that have been used within the SCI population.
- The type of SCI needs to be taken into consideration when interpreting the results. Sexual adjustment for those with incomplete injuries may differ considerably when compared to complete injuries. Items should be acceptable to both males and females though items may seem personal and embarrassing to some.
- The SIS was developed for use in the SCI population. It provides a quick review of the individual’s sexual experiences, while factoring in their pre-injury state.
Body Function ▶ Functions of the Reproductive System