Measuring relationship quality in an international study: Exploratory and confirmatory factor validity

Jill M. Chonody, Jacqui Gabb, Mike Killian, Priscilla Dunk-West

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    This chapter describes on the operationalisation and testing of the newly developed Relationship Quality (RQ) scale, designed to assess an individual's perception of his or her RQ in their current partnership. It utilises the cross-sectional, community sample from the combined data set, drawn primarily from the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. The chapter aims to develop a scale that measures the positive aspects of a relationship, namely, RQ, using a large international diverse community sample. After the review of relationship satisfaction/quality scales, the chapter outlines the process of scale development with specific reference to RQ. According to J. M. Graham et al. and J. L. Funk and R. D. Rogge: The Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test (MAT), the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (KMSS), the Quality of Marriage Index (QMI), the Relationship Assessment Scale (RAS), and B. R. Karney and T. N. Bradbury's semantic differential scale, are the most commonly used relationship satisfaction scales.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care
    Subtitle of host publicationA Lifecourse Epistemology
    EditorsPriscilla Dunk-West, Trish Hafford-Letchfield
    Place of PublicationOxon, UK
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis
    Number of pages22
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315398778, 9781315398785
    ISBN (Print)9781138225879
    Publication statusPublished - 2018


    • Relationship Quality
    • RQ
    • relationship satisfaction
    • Marital Adjustment Test
    • MAT
    • Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale
    • KMSS
    • Quality of Marriage Index
    • QMI
    • Relationship Assessment Scale
    • RAS
    • couples experience


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