Relational Health Indices: An Exploratory Study

Year Published: 1998

SKU: 293

Authors: Belle Liang, Catherine Taylor, Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., Allison J. Tracy, Ph.D., Judith V. Jordan, Ph.D., Jean Baker Miller, M.D.

This study examined the psychometric properties of the Relational Health Indices (RHI) with a group of 450 first year and senior students at a women's liberal arts college. The measure is based on the Relational Theory (Jordan, Kaplan, Miller, Stiver, Surrey, 1991; Miller & Stiver, 1997) and designed to assess growth-fostering Peer, Mentor and Community relationships. For each of these three components, the following areas were investigated: internal reliability, factor structure, and convergent and concurrent validity. The RHI's components generally demonstrated good overall internal reliability, and the factor analyses confirmed the subscale structure: engagement, authenticity, empowerment, and conflict/ difference. Further, associations between RHI scales and validation scales were significant and in the direction hypothesized. The RHI is curently available for research purposes and continued scale and theory development.

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