Relational Health Indices: An Exploratory Study
Year Published: 1998
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.