MEASURING COMMUNICATION IN CLOSE RELATIONSHIPS
AN INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF DYADIC COMMUNICATION ASSESSMENT SCALE
Keywords:Communication, Item Analysis, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, Diagnosis
Communication is the bedrock of human interpersonal relationships. With efficient communication, marital interaction will be exciting and enjoyable. The aim of this work was to present a new scale for assessing communication in close relationship – the dyadic communication assessment scale (DCAS). Two hundred and sixty-three persons participated in the study. They were drawn from an urban area in a city in the East of Nigeria. Their age range = 22-70. The instrument for data collection was the Dyadic communication assessment scale (DCAS). The psychometric properties of the DCAS were presented. The DCAS has three factors, which were confirmed through confirmatory factor analysis with good indices. The DCAS has good internal consistency. Thus, the DCAS could be used for research and diagnostic purposes.