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An Adjective Measure of Sexual Strategies

According to evolutionary personality theory, variation in sexuality and human mating tendencies may be especially important dimensions of individual differences (Buss, 1991). Differences in sexuality acquire importance from an evolutionary perspective because events that surround reproduction are pivotal in shaping our evolved psychology. Individual differences in sexuality, because of their proximity to reproductive events, are often the targets of selection, have consequences for solutions to the specific adaptive problems of mating, and likely affect the course of current evolution. ...

Author of Tool: 
Schmitt, D.P., & Buss, D.M.

Reasons for Having Sex Questionnaire (YSEX)

Historically, the reasons people have sex have been assumed to be few in number and simple in nature–to reproduce, to experience pleasure, or to relieve sexual tension. Several theoretical perspectives suggest that motives for engaging in sexual intercourse may be larger in number and psychologically complex in nature. Reasons vary with gender, with relationship status, with societal status etc. The Reasons for Having Sex Questionnaire (YSEX) attempts to measure the applicability of reasons for having sex, the response choices being listed on a 5-point Likert scale, with scale interval...

Author of Tool: 
Meston, C., & Buss, D.M.

Regulatory Fit Induction (RFI) Instrument

The preposition is that the fit between an action's strategic orientation and the actor's regulatory state can influence the amount of enjoyment the action provides. Regulatory fit can be manipulated both incidentally and integrally. Incidental regulatory fit involves activating fit separately from the context of the task of interest. Integral regulatory fit involves activating fit within the context of the task of interest; there are many ways to induce integral fit (see for example Cesario, Higgins, & Scholer, 2007). Regulatory fit, whether manipulated incidentally or integrally, can...

Author of Tool: 
Higgins, E. T.

Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale (Revised)

With 5.3 million incidents of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women each year, and 3.2 million against men, IPV is a substantial public health problem in the United States. This violence results in nearly 2.0 million injuries and 1,300 deaths annually (Centers for Disease Control, 2007). In addition to the human suffering caused and the untold intangible costs, it is estimated that the economic costs of IPV amount to $5.8 billion each year (Arias & Corso, 2005). This is why it is so important to further study this issue. The Intimate Partner Violence Attitude Scale (IPVAS)...

Author of Tool: 
Fincham, Cui, Braithwaite, & Pasley

Marital Offense –Specific Forgiveness Scale

The exponential growth of research on forgiveness reflects, in part, its presumed beneficial effects on relationship well-being, an idea reinforced by the fact that spouses themselves rate the seeking and granting of forgiveness as important for marital longevity and marital satisfaction (Fenell, 1993). Available research is consistent with this view in that forgiving the spouse enhances relationship intimacy and commitment, promotes effective conflict resolution,and has a positive influence on marital quality over time (Fincham& Beach, 2007; Fincham, Beach, & Davila, 2007; Paleari...

Author of Tool: 
Paleari, F. G, Regalia, C., & Fincham, F.D.

Relationship Attribution Measure (RAM)

Distressed spouses are hypothesised to make attributions for negative events that accentuate their impact whereas non-distressed spouses are thought to make attributions that minimise the impact of negative events. The Relationship Attribution Measure (RAM) is a simple measure of difference types of attribution behaviour in spousal relationships. 

Author of Tool: 
Fincham, F.D., & Bradbury, T.N.

Positive and Negative Quality in Marriage Scale (PANQIMS)

In both Britain and the United States, the majority of the problems for which people obtain professional help concern their spouse or partner (McAllister, 1995; Veroff, Kulka, & Douvan, 1981), and the deleterious effects of marital problems on physical and mental health are well documented (e.g., Burman & Margolin, 
1992). Not surprisingly, the most frequently studied topic in research on marriage is marital quality. Although numerous correlates of marital unity have been identified, concerns regarding the conceptualization and measurement of marital quality continue...

Author of Tool: 
Fincham, F.D., & Linfield, K.J.

Children's Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC)

Guided by Grych and Fincham's theoretical framework for investigating the relation between interparental conflict and child adjustment, The Children's Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC) was developed to assess children's views of several aspects of marital conflict.

Author of Tool: 
Fincham, F.D.

Children’s Relationship Attribution Measure (CRAM)

The study of children's perceptions of family events has led to increased understanding of their reactions to such events at both theoretical (e.g., Davies & Cummings, 1994; Grych & Fincham, 1990) and empirical levels (e.g., Grych, Seid, & Fincham, 1992; Kurdek & Berg, 1987; Mazur, Wolchik, & Sandier, 1992). This Children's Relationship Attribution Measure (CRAM) assessed children's attributions in parent-child relationships, examined their association with relationship positivity and behavior displayed toward the parent, determined whether depressive symptoms account...

Author of Tool: 
Fincham, F.D., Beach, S.R., Arias, I., & Brody, G.

Relationship Efficacy Measure (REM)

In an important theoretical statement, Doherty (1981a, 1981b) argued that conflict between intimates prompts them to engage in two cognitive processes. The first concerns attributions because it involves asking why the conflict arose. The answer to this attributional question is hypothesized to influence the second process. 
The second process concerns efficacy expectations or the perceiver's belief that he or she can execute the behaviors needed to resolve the conflict. Thus, for example, a spouse who attributes a marital conflict to his or her own inability to communicate...

Author of Tool: 
Fincham, F.D., Harold, G., & Gano-Phillips, S.