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Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS)

The GRISS is a 28-item questionnaire for the assessment of sexual dysfunction in heterosexual couples.

The GRISS is used by relationship counsellors and clinics to identify and monitor sexual problems. It has also been used in clinical trials of new treatment approaches and pharmacological products designed for the treatment of sexual dysfunction. 

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The female version produces a Total GRISS Female Score as well as subscales of:

  • Anorgasmia - the extent to which a woman is able to attain orgasm.
  • Vaginismus - the extent of any tightness around the vagina that interferes with sex.
  • Non-communication - The extent to which a couple are able to talk about any sexual problems.
  • Infrequency - The number of times a week (or less) on which sexual intercourse takes place.
  • Female Avoidance - The extent to which a female partner is actively avoiding having sex.
  • Female Non-sensuality - The extent to which a female partner gains pleasure from touching and caressing.
  • Female Dissatisfaction - The extent to which a woman is dissatisfied with their sexual partner.

The male version produces a Total GRISS Male Score as well as subscales of:

  • Impotence - the extent of any failure by a man to achieve an erection. 
  • Premature ejaculation - the extent to which a man has the tendency to ejaculate too soon. 
  • Infrequency - The number of times a week (or less) on which sexual intercourse takes place.
  • Male Avoidance - The extent to which a male partner is actively avoiding having sex.
  • Male Non-sensuality - The extent to which a male partner gains pleasure from touching and caressing.
  • Male Dissatisfaction - The extent to which a man is dissatisfied with their sexual partner.

GRISS Publications

Rust, J. & Golombok, S. (1986) The GRISS: A Psychometric Instrument for the Assessment of Sexual Dysfunction, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 15(2), 157-165.

Rust, J., Golombok, S. and Collier, J. (1988)  Marital problems and sexual dysfunction: How are they related? British Journal of Psychiatry, 152, 629-631.

Golombok, S. and Rust, J. (1988) Diagnosis of sexual dysfunction: Relationships between DSM III(R) and the GRISSSexual and Marital Therapy, 3(1), 119-124.

N'Dagua, D., Rust, J., Golombok, S. and Fenwick, P. (1986)  Relationship problems in women with temporal lobe epilepsySexual and Marital Therapy, 1(2), 175-177.

Rust, J. and Golombok, S. (1985) The Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS). British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 24(1), 63-64.

Bennun, I., Rust, J. and Golombok, S. (1985) The effects of marital therapy on sexual satisfaction. Scandinavian Journal of Behaviour Therapy, 14(2), 65-72.

Golombok, S., Rust, J. and Pickard, C. (1984)  Sexual problems encountered in general practice. British Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11, 171-175.

 

The GRISS is is a companion questionnaire to the Golombok Rust Inventory of Marital State (GRIMS)  which assesses non-sexual aspects of the relationship between a couple..

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