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The Communication Patterns Questionnaire : The Reliability and Validity of a Constructive Communication Subscale

by Christopher L Heavey, Brandon M Larson, Daniel C Zumtobel
Journal of Marriage and Family ()


This study provides evidence for the reliability and validity of a 7-item constructive communica- tion subscale of the Communication Patterns Questionnaire (CPQ-CC, Christensen & Sull- away, 1984). Seventy married couples completed the CPQ and participated in videotaped problem- solving discussions. The constructiveness of spouses' behavior during the videotaped prob- lem-solving discussions was rated by trained ob- servers. The CPQ-CC had high internal consis- tency and moderately high agreement between spouses. The CPQ-CC also was strongly associ- ated with observer ratings of the spouses' con- structiveness during videotaped problem-solving discussions. Finally, the CPQ-CC was strongly associated with spouses' self-reported marital ad- justment. These data support the reliability and validity of this brief self-report measure of con- structive communication.

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