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ERIC Number: EJ874404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1756
The Relational Health Indices for Youth: An Examination of Reliability and Validity Aspects
Liang, Belle; Tracy, Allison J.; Kenny, Maureen E.; Brogan, Deirdre; Gatha, Ravi
Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, v42 n4 p255-274 2010
Relational health, a termed coined by Liang et al. (2001) to reflect Relational-Cultural Theory concepts, is the presence of growth-fostering characteristics in significant relationships. Although growth-fostering relationships have been conceptualized as relevant across the lifespan, existing research has mainly explored the experiences of college students and adults. In this study, the authors seek to create a developmentally appropriate instrument called the Relational Health Indices for Youth (RHI-Y) for studying growth-fostering relationships among early and mid-adolescents. This measure adapts the original adult RHI instrument for a younger population (i.e., utilizing a simpler vocabulary and containing fewer items). Measurement development resulted in six-item scales assessing relational health in three different relationship domains: friendships, relationships with an adult mentor, and relationships with members of a community group. Results indicate that the RHI-Y scales are valid, reliable measures of growth-fostering relationships. Preliminary findings about the correlates of relational health in youth are discussed. (Contains 6 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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