The utility of the relationship assessment scale in multiple types of relationships

Keith D. Renshaw, Patrick McKnight, Catherine M. Caska, Rebecca K. Blais

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Several self-report scales of marital satisfaction exist, but many are too lengthy for research protocols, and none allow for parallel assessment of satisfaction in non-romantic relationships. This paper presents results from the assessment of satisfaction in multiple types of close relationships with slight adaptations to the wording of the seven-item Relationship Assessment Scale. This scale was tested in a series of four research protocols with over 1000 undergraduate students. The scale demonstrated good internal consistency, item reliabilities, test-retest reliability, and factorial validity across diverse types of close relationships, with preliminary evidence supporting its convergent and predictive validity as well. These results suggest that the Relationship Assessment Scale can briefly and adequately assess satisfaction in multiple types of relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-447
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • families
  • friendship
  • marital satisfaction
  • parent-child relationship
  • relationship satisfaction
  • relationship types

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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