IBCT therapists typically use a series of questionnaires to supplement the information that they gather from couples through interviews. Available for download below are several questionnaires that we developed in part or in whole: a) the Couple Questionnaire (Christensen, 2009), which is a brief screening assessment for couple satisfaction, intimate partner violence, and commitment, as well as an open-ended assessment of typical positive and negative interactions, b) the Problem Areas Questionnaire (Heavey, Christensen, & Malamuth, 1995), which assesses common problem areas or areas of disagreement in couples, c) the Frequency and Acceptability of Partner Behavior Inventory (Christensen & Jacobson, 1997; Doss & Christensen, 2006), which is a more comprehensive assessment of problem areas by examining the frequency and acceptability of 24 categories of spousal behavior, and d) the Weekly Questionnaire, (Christensen, 2010), which is used during treatment to assess significant positive and negative events since the previous session and includes a brief index of couple satisfaction. IBCT therapists may also use questionnaires available from others that provide more comprehensive assessment of the factors listed above. For example, the Couples Satisfaction Index (Funk & Rogge, 2007; available here) has 4, 16, and 32 item versions (the 4 item version is used in the Couple Questionnaire and the Weekly Questionnaire above). The Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (Straus, Hamby, Boney-McCoy, & Sugarman, 1996; available here) provides a comprehensive assessment of domestic violence. The Marital Status Inventory (Crane & Mead, 1980; Weiss & Cerreto, 1980; available here) assesses commitment to the relationship and steps taken toward separation or divorce.
Demographic Questionnaire for Couples
Frequency and Acceptability of Partner Behavior
Christensen, A. (2009). Couple Questionnaire. Unpublished questionnaire. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles.
Christensen, A. (2010). Weekly Questionnaire. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles.
Christensen, A., & Jacobson, N. S. (1997). Frequency and Acceptability of Partner Behavior Inventory: Unpublished measures. Los Angeles: University of California, Los Angeles.
Crane, D. R., & Mead, D. E. (1980). The Marital Status Inventory: Some preliminary data on an instrument to measure marital dissolution potential. American Journal of Family Therapy, 8(3), 31–35.
Doss, B. D., & Christensen, A. (2006). Acceptance in romantic relationships: The Frequency and Acceptability of Partner Behavior Inventory. Psychological Assessment, 18, 289–302.
Funk, J. L., & Rogge, R. D. (2007). Testing the ruler with item response theory: Increasing precision of measurement for relationship satisfaction with the Couples Satisfaction Index. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 572–583.
Heavey, C. L., Christensen, A., Malamuth, N. M. (1995). The longitudinal impact of demand and withdrawal during marital conflict. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 63, 797–801.
Straus, M. A., Hamby, S. L., Boney-McCoy, S., & Sugarman, D. B. (1996). The Revised Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS2): Development and preliminary psychometric data. Journal of Family Issues, 17(3), 283–316.
Weiss, R. L., & Cerreto, M. C. (1980). The Marital Status Inventory: Development of a measure of dissolution potential. American Journal of Family Therapy, 8(2), 80–85.