Development of Perceived Sex Taboos Scale


  • Mehak Arif MPhil Scholar, Department of Psychology, School of Professional Psychology, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Shahnila Tariq Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Professional Psychology, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. image/svg+xml
  • Sadia Huda Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Professional Psychology, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.



Infidelity, Lack of Awareness, Lack of Communication, Sex Taboos


There are many taboos, especially those connected to sexual features of societal standards, yet little is known about how they affect people's private lives. For the better understanding of these perceived taboos, there is need to assess their impact on sexual behavior. Therefore, the aim of the study was to explore the sex taboos prevailing in our society and develop a tool to measure them. Focus group was conducted including 6 participants who were Muslim married men and aged 25 and above. Developed scale was then administered on 340 participants. Sample was selected by purposive sampling strategy. The results showed that the Perceived Sex Taboos scale has 33 items in total, with two variables discovered by Exploratory Factor Analysis. Significant correlations between all components were found by comparing the subscales. Findings have practical implications for the identification of taboos, to provide new dimensions for future researches and to help in developing a sense of strong emotional connection with the spouse.


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How to Cite

Arif, M., Tariq, S. ., & Huda, S. . (2023). Development of Perceived Sex Taboos Scale . Journal of Professional & Applied Psychology, 4(3), 365–382.