As clinicians we seek a relationship profile that can measure the very specific strengths and challenges that our clients are facing in their relationship and in their individual lives. Dr. Gottman's lab began designing many of these assessment scales in 1980, but it has taken over four decades of hard work and diligent research to harness this knowledge into a streamlined assessment tool. That is the accomplishment of the Sound Relationship House Theory and other measures of The Gottman Relationship Checkup.
Before we could build this tool, we needed to know, beyond all doubt, that these scales accurately measure what they purport to measure. For example, if there is a challenge in Fondness and Admiration for one partner but not the other, we needed to be confident that we would actually see less respect and more contempt in a SPAFF coding of the couple’s Conflict Interaction and/or a Buehlam Coding of the couple’s Oral History Interview. We are delighted to be able to report that this is now indeed the case. To be more practical, we also needed to be able to shorten the scales so that taking these assessments would not be so tedious to couples. We have now also accomplished this. These scales are currently the only scales in existence that accomplish all of these goals.