Development and validation of the Male Post-coital Affect Scale for heterosexual men

Marta Pérez, Jørgen Hoppe, Anne M Landau, Michael Winterdahl

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Objective: The aim of this study was to examine the reliability and validity of the Male Postcoital Affect Scale (MPAS), which was developed to assess positive postcoital feelings in men. Methods: After a pilot study, we validated our scale on a sample of American heterosexual men, who answered our questionnaire on the internet through Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). We tested the reliability using internal consistency. The validity was examined by assessing content, face and construct validity by testing the association between our scale, the Experience in Close Relationships Scale and other instruments. Results: A total of 484 volunteers were included in the study. Cronbach's α for the scale was 0.83. Our scale was negatively correlated with Attachment Avoidance, r(482) = -.36, p <.001) and Perceived Stress Scale, r(482) = -.18, p<0.001, and positively correlated with sexual satisfaction, r(482) =.18, p <0.001. Conclusion: The Male Postcoital Affect Scale is a reliable and valid tool to assess positive postcoital feelings in men.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2300012
JournalActa Neuropsychiatrica
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


  • Male Sexual dysfunction
  • Psychological assessment
  • Sexual Communication
  • Sexual Distress
  • Sexual Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Heterosexuality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychometrics
  • Surveys and Questionnaires


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