PAIR Couple Inventory:
Personal Assessment of Intimacy in Relationships
PAIR is a 36 item instrument that assesses five types of intimacy.
It enables a couple to describe their own relationship as they experience it
and how they would like it to be. PAIR can be used for all types of dyadic
relationships including friendships, dating, premarital, cohabiting, and marriage
relationships. It is being used as a couple assessment tool in premarital and
marriage counseling, as well as a feedback instrument in couple enrichment programs.
PAIR measures several kinds of intimacy that a couple may experience:
emotional intimacy, social intimacy, sexual intimacy, recreational intimacy,
and intellectual intimacy. PAIR measures both the perceived (36 items) and expected
(36 items) levels of intimacy in that relationship. The discrepancy between the
"perceived-expected" descriptions provides an assessment of their satisfaction in
each of these areas. It can also provide directions and goals for couples in
either therapy or enrichment programs.
PAIR has been systematically developed so that it will provide reliable
and valid information about a couple. A conventionality scale has been included
to indicate how much individuals attempt to "fake good."
The advantage of using PAIR (vs. PREPARE/ENRICH) is that you only have to
purchase it once. Then you can receive permission to reproduce your own copies
for each couple that you counsel. Also, PAIR is a self-scored inventory
that can be scored in a matter of minutes.
The PAIR Packet includes:
2 PAIR Item Booklets
PAIR Administration and Scoring Booklet
2 PAIR journal articles
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