Worldview Orientations in Close Relationships: Development and Initial Validation of the Contract-Convenant Continuum

Volume
Volume 45
Issue
Fall 2017
Title
Worldview Orientations in Close Relationships: Development and Initial Validation of the Contract-Convenant Continuum
Abstract

Christian approaches to close relationships in North America have been understood in covenantal terms between married persons, dating couples, and close friends, and have been contrasted with contractual o r go-based ones. Covenantal approaches value the dyad, interdependence, faith community involvement, and communication strategies to engender long-term commitment whereas contractual approaches value self,independence, negotiation for personal needs, and freedom to exit relationships when costs outweigh benefits. The authors gathered survey data among 713 subjects over three studies in order to develop a 22-item scale to measure covenantal and contractual worldview dimensions in close relationships. Scale items were examined for inter-item reliability, factor structure, evidence for construct validity, and predictive power of relational satisfaction. The resulting Contract-Covenant Continuum showed good reliability and multi-dimensionality. Evidence was also gathered to support concurrent, construct, and criterion validity as well as the scale’s capacity to predict relational satisfaction and equity.

Authors
Dr. W.O. Strom and Dr. H.W. Faw
Pages
151 - 165
Price
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