We have shared a few research articles that tested the validity and usefulness of the RELATE assessment, both in personal use (couples only) and in professional settings (therapists, educators, clergy). Here are some of the highlights of the research:
• Just the act of taking the Relate Assessment has proven to show increased relationship satisfaction between couples.
• The comparative process used in Relate (How I see myself vs How my partner sees me) helps overcome the most serious limitation of survey instruments, reliance on self-report data.
• Understanding the results of the RELATE assessment is easier than similar relationship assessments.
The purpose of this article is to present the conceptual model underlying RELATE, a relationship evaluation instrument, and to describe how this instrument can be used by instructors, clinicians, and therapists.
This study assessed participant satisfaction with two interpretation formats and the effects of taking the RELATionship Evaluation (RELATE) on single young adults’ premarital relationships.
The purpose of this research was to under- stand in greater detail, using 2 samples, how partner or self-enhancement patterns differentially influence relationship outcomes.
Factor analyses of data from 400 students who completed the adjective section of the Relate relationship evaluation and similar descriptors from the measure of the “big five” factors of personality by Digman and Inouye indicated that all of the “big five” measures, surgency, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness, can be assessed as part of the Relate assessment.
I like RELATE because it’s not so secretive. They can interpret it themselves or with the person who is working with them as a counselor, a marital educator, or a clergy.
RELATE seems to hit all the areas that have been drawn out by research that are predictive of relationship satisfaction.
The best thing about RELATE is the simplicity and the com- pleteness of it. It provides opportunities for couples to really think about and assess themselves in the areas that affect relationships.