Version: October 6, 2014
I understand that these questionnaires have been designed to obtain a general assessment and profile of a couple’s relationship rather than to provide a global satisfaction or happiness score. I recognize that this assessment will not predict whether a couple will stay together or divorce but instead, The Relationship Checkup Assessment can be used to determine areas that are strengths or challenges for a couple and provide useful suggestions for treatment.
I am aware that each assessment may be scored and interpreted differently. A scale percentage has been determined for each of the Sound Relationship House Measures as follows:
Reliability & Validity: I am aware that for specific information on these measures, I can review the document called “Reliability and Validity of the Gottman Sound Relationship House Scales” on www.JohnGottman.net
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Training: By using this assessment tool, I agree that I have completed the clinical training necessary to provide accurate, ethical relationship counseling to couples. The Gottman Institute provides comprehensive trainings to professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Information about training resources can be found at https://www.gottman.com/professionals/training/.
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