Marital Check-up: Designed to activate dialogue, discovery and increase the overall quality of your relationship
Tools such as the CoupleCheckup are designed to help couples build a more satisfying and intimate relationship. By answering the questions the tool is designed to stimulate thoughts and attitudes about a couples relationship, activating dialogue, discovery, aiming to increasing the overall quality of a couples relationship.
The CoupleCheckup evaluates up to 25 important areas in a couple’s relationship including: couple and family systems, personality and age and stage of relationship. Couples are encouraged to schedule a time (preferably after a meal) to talk constructively about each topic and what you both could do for the benefit of the relationship.
The assessment includes statements such as those below where couples select Strongly disagree; Disagree; Undecided; Agree; Strongly Agree:
- I am very satisfied with how my partner and I communicate
- We are creative in how we cope with our differences
- We feel very connected to one another
- My partner seldom seems too controlling
- My partner is able to understand my opinions and ideas when we discuss problems
- Our sexual relationship is satisfying and fulfilling to me
- We have a good balance of leisure time spent together and separately
- My partner’s friends or family rarely interfere with our relationship
- We usually agree on how to spend money
- I am satisfied with how we express spiritual values and beliefs
Adapted from www.prepare-enrich.com.au, the CoupleCheckup evaluates up to 25 important areas in a couple’s relationship including eight core scales (i.e. communication, conflict resolution, role relationship and sexual relationship), four couple and family system scales (closeness and flexibility), five personality scales (based on the Big Five Personality Scales), and between four and eight specific scales relevant to the age and stage of the couple based on background questions ( i.e. cohabiting, children from previous relationship, and intergenerational issues).
The CoupleCheckup generates deep and productive conversations that couples would not otherwise have about their relationship. These conversations restore insight and understanding about one another. The CoupleCheckup can help to revive a relationship and increase intimacy.
The goal is for the CoupleCheckup to reach a more diverse group of couples, to empower couples to deal with issues on their own and to emphasise prevention over remediation.
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