Relationship Investment

Relationship Investment is a 12-item measure of respondents' commitment to the long-term future of one's primary sexual relationship.


ITEMS:

1. We look forward to seeing or talking to each other every single day.
2. We share every secret.
3. We think of each other as best friends.
4. Being in a relationship should become a central part of your life.
5. We know everything about each other.
6. I want to spend the rest of my life with my partner.
7. I would like our relationship to get somewhere.
8. I can see myself with my partner when I'm old.
9. I want to spend all our time together.
10. If we broke up, it would be a devastating blow to me.
11. Everybody knows that we are serious about each other.
12. We love talking about our passions and our goals in life.

Response Options:
6-point Likert scale
Strongly disagree - 1
Strongly agree - 6

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adults

Scoring Procedures:

The mean of the item scores is calculated for the total measure score. Higher scores indicate greater investment in the relationship.

PRIMARY CITATION:

O’Sullivan, L. F., Hoffman, S., Harrison, A., & Dolezal, C. (2006). Men, multiple sexual partners, and young adults’ sexual relationships: Understanding the role of gender in the study of risk. Journal of Urban Health, 83(4), 695-708. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-006-9062-5

Psychometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-Retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 5.00/8 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

HIGH

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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