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The Revised Sociosexual Orientation Inventory (SOI-R)

2 March 2020

Tool's Title
The Revised Sociosexual Orientation Inventory (SOI-R) [➦]

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Target Audience
• General population (15 years old +)

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Conception by
Lars Penke, Ph.D. and Jens B. Asendorpf, Ph.D.

Release Date and Last Update
2008 (no update as of the review date)

The personality construct of 'sociosexual orientation' or short 'sociosexuality' describes interindividual differences in the tendency to engage in sexual relationships without deeper emotional commitment. Since Simpson and Gangestad (1991) introduced the Sociosexual Orientation Inventory (SOI) as an economic measurement instrument, this construct is popular in personality and social psychology, as well as in sexuality research and evolutionary psychology. We (Penke & Asendorpf, 2008) developed a revised version of the SOI, which did not only correct several psychometric problems of the original that have often been criticized, but which also allows for the separate assessment of three facets of sociosexuality: behavior, attitude, and desire. Studies have shown that this differenciation of the construct is highly advisable, since the three facets often show very distinct relationships with other variables.

*** Note that this description was written by Lars Penke and Jens B. Asendorpf. ***

Official Reference
Penke, L. and Asendorpf, J. B. (2008). Beyond global sociosexual orientations: A more differentiated look at sociosexuality and its effects on courtship and romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1113-1135. Retrieved from http://www.larspenke.eu/pdfs/SOI-R%20Manual.pdf

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Clarifications by the Review Team
fantasies, arousal, casual sex, sexual partners, love, sex, relationship types


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