We-ness Questionnaire: Development and Validation

Cigdem Topcu-Uzer, Ashley K. Randall, Ana M. Vedes, David Reid, Guy Bodenmann

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Perceptions of couple interdependence - partners’ mutual identity - are a key construct in relationship research and couple and family therapy. There is a need for a self-report measure that includes cognitive, emotional, and behavioral facets associated with perceptions of partner’s interdependence or we-ness, given its utility. The present study utilized data from 434 individuals to evaluate the psychometric properties of the We-ness Questionnaire, a multi-item self-report measure assessing perceptions of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral we-ness for individuals in a romantic relationship. Based on a sample of 434 individuals currently in a romantic relationship from the United States, the We-ness Questionnaire was found to have good reliability and showed appropriate convergent and discriminant validity. Implications for future research and couple and family therapy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-278
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Couple and Relationship Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021


  • Interdependence
  • We-ness Questionnaire
  • reliability
  • romantic relationships
  • validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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