Assessing Intimacy: The Pair Inventory*
ABSTRACT PAIR, acronym for Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships, was developed as a tool for educators, researchers and therapists. PAIR provides systematic information on five types of intimacy: emotional, social, sexual, intellectual and recreational. Individuals, married or unmarried, describe their relationship in terms of how they currently perceive it (perceived) and how they would like it to be (expected). PAIR can be used with couples in marital therapy and enrichment groups.
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ABSTRACT: This study of 535 older married couples examined the relationship between depression and health and sexual satisfaction directly and when mediated by communication. The sample included 535 older couples who completed a survey questionnaire known as Project Couple Retire. Among the items in the questionnaire were measures of depression, health, perception of sexual intimacy, communication and other demographic information. Results from Structural Equation Modeling indicated that for women, health was a significant predictor of sexual satisfaction. For both genders, the results suggest that depression, when mediated by communication, is a predictor of sexual satisfaction among older couples. Implications for clinicians are discussed.Contemporary Family Therapy 09/2012; 34(3). DOI:10.1007/s10591-012-9198-2
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ABSTRACT: Extensive research has evaluated emotional abilities measures among individuals, but the validity of these constructs in a couples context has yet to be examined despite theoretical perspectives often highlighting the detrimental effects of poor emotional abilities on interpersonal functioning. The current study evaluates four measures of emotional abilities in a sample of 104 couples (emotional intelligence, self-rated alexithymia, partner-rated alexithymia, and couples’ emotional awareness). Results indicate emotional intelligence and alexithymia are significantly associated with mood and relationship functioning of both self and partner. These findings support the utility of brief measures of emotional abilities to inform clinical practice with couples.American Journal of Family Therapy 05/2012; 40(3):189-207. DOI:10.1080/01926187.2011.601214 · 0.54 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: People experience autonomy when they perceive their behaviour to be volitional rather than driven by external controls. Previous research has studied autonomy in relationships at a general level, focusing on people’s motivations to maintain their romantic relationships, as measured by the Couple Motivation Questionnaire (CMQ; Blais et al., J Personal Soc Psychol 59:1021–1031, 1990). To supplement the CMQ, we developed the Motivations for Relational Activities (MRA) scale, which assesses the extent to which people feel autonomous and controlled in a variety of specific relational activities. The purpose of this study is to examine the unique contributions of general motivations to maintain a relationship (CMQ) and motivations toward specific relational activities (MRA) in the prediction of relationship well-being. Results showed that the MRA and CMQ both independently and significantly contributed to the prediction of relationship well-being (i.e., commitment, intimacy, satisfaction, and vitality within the relationship) and were differentiated by their associations to dimensions of personality and attachment.Motivation and Emotion 06/2009; 33(2):184-202. DOI:10.1007/s11031-009-9120-x · 1.55 Impact Factor