Title

Measuring Virtues in Marital Education Programs and Marital Therapy

Keywords

marital virtues, marriage education programs, marital therapy, couple’s therapy, marriage evaluation, marital quality, transition to parenthood

Abstract

Traditional marriage evaluations typically focus on marital satisfaction and communication. However, other indicators of marital quality can be used to assess interactions within relationships. The current paper presents an evaluation of the Marital Virtues Profile (MVP), a brief and easy to understand assessment designed to measure virtues in marital relationships. Exploratory factor analysis was used to examine the hypothesized structure of the MVP and confirmatory factor analysis was used to explore its specific measurement properties. Results indicate that the 15 item MVP is an efficient and reliable measure of both specific marital virtues and an overall marital virtue. Limitations of the current study and applications of the MVP to marital education programs and therapeutic settings are discussed.

Original Publication Citation

Fawcett, E. B., Fawcett, D., Hawkins, A. J., & Yorgason, J. B. (2013). Measuring virtues in marital education programs and marital therapy. Contemporary Family Therapy, 35, 516-529.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-01-03

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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