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Post-Coital Experience: Scale Development, Prevalence and Correlates
- Participant Information -

QUT Ethics Approval Number: 1600000961
Please read this information and begin the survey at the bottom of this page


The purpose of this research is to investigate how people experience the period of time immediately following consensual sexual activity. In addition to this, we also aim to gather data on the frequency of different experiences and whether they relate to other factors.

Research Team

Principal Researchers:

Vanessa Connolly, Honours Student
Joel Maczkowiack, Honours Student
Prof Robert Schweitzer, Supervisor
School of Psychology and Counselling
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Associate Researcher:

Dr Daniel Kruger
University of Michigan


To participate, you must be over the age of 18 years and have engaged in consensual sexual activity with another person with the intent of experiencing sexual pleasure or intimacy. Participation will involve completing an 147 item anonymous survey with Likert scale answers (strongly agree – strongly disagree) that will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. You will be asked questions about:

Your demographics

For example: Age, gender, relationship status

Whether you have experienced sexual assault, and/or emotional, or physical abuse

For example: “Since the age of 16, have you have been exposed to physical abuse?” (yes or no)

Your sexual functioning

For example: Have there been any times in your life when you have had absent or diminished feelings of sexual interest or desire (not been interested in sex)? (never – all of the time)

Your psychological wellbeing

For example: “have you ever been suffered from or been diagnosed with anxiety” (yes or no)

Your experience of the period of time immediately following consensual sexual activity

For example: “Following consensual sexual activity, I generally feel relaxed” (not at all true of me – very true of me)

Your experience of close relationships

For example: “It helps to turn to my romantic partner in times of need” (strongly disagree – strongly agree)
Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. Your decision to participate will not impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT (for example: your grades) or associated external organisation. If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the project during your participation without comment or penalty.
Please note that if you choose to withdraw during the survey, the answers you have entered will be stored and cannot be removed.

Expected Benefits

It is expected that this project will not benefit you directly. However, it may benefit the wider community due to gains in knowledge about the period of time following consensual sexual activity.


There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this project. You may experience mild psychological discomfort from answering questions asking:
  • About your experience of the period of time following consensual sexual activity.
  • Whether you have experienced sexual assault, and/or physical, or emotional abuse.
Please remember that your participation is anonymous and voluntary. If you do not wish to answer the questions, please take a break or exit the survey. Below is a list of phone help services in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA, should you need to talk about any discomfort you may experience.
QUT provides for limited free psychology, family therapy or counselling services (face-to-face only) for research participants of QUT projects who may experience discomfort or distress as a result of their participation in the research. Should you wish to access this service please call the Clinic Receptionist on 07 3138 0999 (Monday–Friday only 9am–5pm), QUT Psychology and Counselling Clinic, 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, and indicate that you are a research participant. Alternatively, Lifeline Australia provides access to online, phone or face-to-face support, call 13 11 14 for 24 hour telephone crisis support. For young people aged up to 25, you can also call the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

New Zealand:
Lifeline (within Auckland): 09 5222 999
Lifeline (outside Auckland): 0800 543 354
Youthline: 0800 37 66 33

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK [8255]
1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732

Outside Australia, New Zealand, or the USA:
We encourage you to seek help in your country of residence by contacting your doctor or local health service.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All comments and responses are anonymous. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses. However, there will be an opportunity to provide your email address should you wish to receive a report about the findings of this survey. This will be stored securely and separately from your responses to ensure your anonymity.
All data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of Research Data policy. Please note that data from this project may be used as comparative data in future projects or stored on an open access database for secondary analysis.

Questions/Further Information

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact one of the researchers listed below.
Vanessa Connolly –
Joel Maczkowiack –
Prof Robert Schweitzer (supervisor) –


QUT is committed to research integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects. However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team on +61 07 3138 5123 or email The QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.