Partners Strengths Questionnaire (PSQ):
The Partner Strengths Questionnaire (PSQ) was developed by Dr. Todd Kashdan, a professor at George Mason University. It was developed to assess the recognition and appreciation of character strengths among couples in romantic relationships. It offers a unique alternative to an individual assessing their own strengths by self-report. The test is psychometrically reliable and valid, across three samples (Kashdan et al., 2017).
Researchers using the PSQ attain a composite for strengths use as well as a composite for the two main factors found in the PSQ – strengths appreciation and strengths costs. Also provided are the subtotal scores for each strength, the names of the character strengths selected, and the recent situation/example provided about the partner’s use of the strength.
The internal consistency of the subscales, appreciation and perceived cost, were acceptable:
- Appreciation subscale: Across 3 samples, Cronbach’s alphas ranged from .84 to .91.
- Perceived cost subscale: Across 3 samples, Cronbach’s alphas ranged from .75 to .85.
- 138 adults completed this follow-up.
- Appreciation of partner strengths showed a correlation of .57, p < .001, with baseline scores.
- Perceived cost of strengths showed a correlation of .61, p < .001, with baseline scores.
- More details found in Kashdan et al. (2017).
Validity data found in Kashdan et al. (2017).
Kashdan, T. B., Blalock, D. V., Young, K. C., Machell, K. A., Monfort, S. S., McKnight, P. E., & Ferssizidis, P. (2017). Personality strengths in romantic relationships: Measuring perceptions of benefits and costs and their impact on personal and relational well-being. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pas0000464
The PSQ is available in English only. If you would like to volunteer to translate the PSQ, please contact us here.