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Positive and Negative Relationship Quality scale

Positive and Negative Relationship Quality scale

What is PN-RQ

The Positive and Negative Relationship Quality scale (PN-RQ) is a measure of positive and negative relationship quality. The PN-RQ is a bidimensional construct in which the positive qualities of a relationship are treated as distinct from its negative qualities. The PN-RQ scales have the potential to advance both basic and applied research. They not only provide information that beyond that obtained from unidimensional relationship quality scales that dominate marital and close relationship research but they also provide highly precise measures. Finally, their demonstrated ability to detect change, even over relatively short periods, makes them well suited for use in intervention research.

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PN-RQ Scoring and Interpretation

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What does PN-RQ measure

The purpose of the evaluation is to:

  • positive relationship quality,
  • and negative relationship quality, and
  • detect change over time.



Type of outcome tool

Positive psychology

Assessment modes


Age and eligibility

18 years and above

Estimated time

Less than 5 minutes


As is true of any self-report instrument, respondents can consciously distort their response to the scale if they are motivated to do so.

Please keep in mind that the scale captures responses of only one partner in the relationship.

Attribution and References

Rogge, R. D., Fincham, F. D., Crasta, D., & Maniaci, M. R. (2017). Positive and negative evaluation of relationships: Development and validation of the Positive–Negative Relationship Quality (PN-RQ) scale. Psychological Assessment, 29(8), 1028–1043.