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Body Image Assessments: BESAQ

The Body Exposure during Sexual Activities Questionnaire (BESAQ) is a measure of body image experiences in the specific, situational context of sexual relations. The 28-item self-report questionnaire assesses the extent to which, during sex, persons experience a self-conscious or anxious attentional focus on their body’s appearance and report desires/attempts to avoid the exposure of certain aspects of their body to sexual partners. The response scale is a 5-point frequency rating for each item. The BESAQ yields a single score, averaging the item responses after reverse scoring specific items. Its reliability and validity have been established and are reported in the article referenced below. This article is available without charge from the website of the open-access Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality.

Cash, TF, Maikkula, CL, & Yamamiya, Y. (2004, June 29). “Baring the Body in the Bedroom”: Body Image, Sexual Self-Schemas, and Sexual Functioning among College Women and Men. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, http://www.ejhs.org/volume7/bodyimage.html

The BESAQ is a measure for use with adults, 18 years old and older.

The BESAQ, with scoring and normative information, is available for a nominal fee. Purchasers are permitted limited duplication of the questionnaires for research or clinical purposes. Conditions of use are as follows:

  • Period of use is limited to two (2) years.
  • Duplication of copies exceeding 1000 requires the author's written permission.
  • Distribution for use by others is prohibited.
  • Modification of the questionnaire items is prohibited. 
  • Use in online surveys is acceptable if the survey is posted on a restricted site (i.e., not posted on an open website).
  • Any commercial use of the materials, other than use in academic research or clinical practice, is prohibited.
  • Any document (i.e., technical report, thesis, dissertation, or published article) resulting from use of the assessment must include its proper citation.

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