Development of the Couples Resource Scales

Amber L. Pope, Christine E. Murray, Gülşah Kemer

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Couples therapy has experienced a shift in therapeutic approaches from those that focus on dysfunction and deficits to postmodern approaches that emphasize clients’ strengths and skills. Additionally, researchers have found that resources, such as self-esteem and social support, serve to enhance couples’ relationships. One therapeutic approach that emphasizes strengths and resources is solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT). The authors describe the development of a research-oriented instrument grounded in SFBT, the Couples Resource scales (CRS), which was based on an existing practitioner-oriented instrument, called the Couples Resource Map scales. The authors used an exploratory factor analysis on the CRS to create a revised version that shows utility for empirical research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-262
Number of pages10
JournalThe Family Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • couples therapy
  • factor structure
  • rating scales
  • relationship resources
  • solution-focused brief therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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