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ERIC Number: EJ991771
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1040-3590
The Unidimensional Relationship Closeness Scale (URCS): Reliability and Validity Evidence for a New Measure of Relationship Closeness
Dibble, Jayson L.; Levine, Timothy R.; Park, Hee Sun
Psychological Assessment, v24 n3 p565-572 Sep 2012
A fundamental dimension along which all social and personal relationships vary is closeness. The Unidimensional Relationship Closeness Scale (URCS) is a 12-item self-report scale measuring the closeness of social and personal relationships. The reliability and validity of the URCS were assessed with college dating couples (N = 192), female friends and strangers (N = 330), friends (N = 170), and family members (N = 155). The results show that the scale is unidimensional, with high reliability across relationship types (M alpha = 0.96). Evidence consistent with validity included substantial within-couple agreement for the romantic couples (intraclass correlation = 0.41), substantial friend-stranger discrimination for the female friends (eta[superscript 2] = 0.82), and measurement invariance across relationship types. Evidence of convergent and divergent validity was obtained for inclusion of other in the self and relational satisfaction, respectively. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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