Development and validation of a heterosocial skills inventory: The survey of heterosexual interactions for females

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Describes the development of a self-report heterosocial skills inventory for females (SHI-F) based on C. T. Twentyman and R. M. McFall's Survey of Heterosexual Interactions. The new test, used with 256 female undergraduates, was found to have satisfactory test-retest reliability, excellent internal consistency, and significant correlations with self-reported assertiveness and anxiety measures. An initial validity study compared 15 high and 15 low SHI-F scorers in analog situations in which self-report, behavioral, and heart rate measures were taken. Although heart rate did not differ between groups, some behavioral and all self-report differences were significant. Additional data suggest that the SHI-F is more a measure of social skills and general negative self-evaluations and less a measure of interpersonal anxiety. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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