Romantic Partner Conflict Scale (RPCS)

Author of Tool: 

Zacchilli, Hendrick, & Hendrick

Key references: 

Zacchilli, T. L. (2007). The relationship between conflict and communication, sex, relationship satisfaction, and other relational variables in dating relationships. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Tx. 

Zacchilli, T. L., Hendrick, C., & Hendrick, S. (2009). The romantic partner conflict scale: A new scale to measure conflict in dating relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 26, 1073-1096. 

Primary use / Purpose: 

The purpose of the Romantic Partner Conflict Scale is to measure everyday conflict experienced by individuals in romantic relationships.


It has been proposed that when relating to other individuals, conflict is inevitable. There are measures available for investigating conflict in relationships however Zacchilli and colleagues (2009) note several limitations of these instruments including their focus on married couples, individuals in abusive relationships, specific aspects of conflict situations, and the questionnable psychometric properties of some of these instruments. The Romantic Partner Conflict Scale (RPCS) was designed to examine the process of "routine, normative episodes of romantic conflict" (Zacchilli, Hendrick, & Hendrick, 2009, p. 1077). It is designed primarily for use with premarital couples. The scale is comprised of 39 items, each rated on a five-point likert scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree. It includes six subscales: Compromise, Avoidance, Interactional Reactivity, Separation, Domination, and submission. Scores on the scale have been found to be correlated with communication, satisfaction, respect, love, and sexual attitudes (Zacchilli et al., 2009).  


The psychometric properties of the scale are examined in Zacchilli et al. (2009)



Other Information: 

Other keywords: love; relationship; romantic relationship; conflict

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