Respect Toward Partner Scale


Author of Tool: 

Hendrick & Hendrick

Key references: 

Hendrick, S. S., & Hendrick, C. (2006). Measuring respect in close relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23, 881-899.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Respect Toward Partner Scale is designed to measure the respondent’s respect for their romantic partner.


Researchers have proposed that respect for one another is one of the essential characteristics of an intimate relationship or a marriage. Hendrick & Hendrick (2006) conceptualize respect as an attitude accompanied by emotions, thoughts, and behavior. They also propose that respect consists of equality/mutuality and caring/supportiveness. The Respect Toward Partner Scale consists of six items, each rated on a five-point likert scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree, that seek to examine components of respect such as curiosity, healing, and dialogue.


Hendrick & Hendrick (2006) present data which support the validity of the instrument.



Microsoft Office document iconRespect Toward Partner Scale and Scoring Key

Other Information: 

Other keywords: love, relationship, intimate relationship, marriage, respect

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