The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
Assessment, Communication Patterns Questionnaire Short-Form, Marital Communication, Conflict, Interaction Patterns, Demand-Withdraw
The Communication Patterns Questionnaire-Short Form (CPQ-SF) is an 11-item self-assessment of spouses’ perceptions of marital interactions. A cited reference review of the CPQ-SF literature revealed no formal assessment of its psychometric properties and that researchers are imprecise in their use, reporting, and referencing of the assessment. Toward improving the use of the CPQ-SF in research and practice, the factor structure and psychometric properties of this scale were examined with data collected from a diverse sample of married individuals. Three latent constructs were identified: criticize/defend, discuss/avoid, and positive interaction patterns. Support for the original two-factor structure, demand/withdrawal and positive interaction, was also found. Suggestions for a more precise use of the CPQ-SF in research and practice conclude the paper.
Futris, Ted G.; Campbell, Kelly; Nielsen, Robert B.; and Burwell, Stephanie R., "The Communication Patterns Questionnaire-Short Form: A Review and Assessment" (2010). Psychology Faculty Publications. 4.