The Chinese-Western intercultural couple standards scale

Hiew, Danika N., Halford, W. Kim, van de Vijver, Fons and Liu, Shuang (2015) The Chinese-Western intercultural couple standards scale. Psychological Assessment, 27 3: 816-826. doi:10.1037/pas0000090

Author Hiew, Danika N.
Halford, W. Kim
van de Vijver, Fons
Liu, Shuang
Title The Chinese-Western intercultural couple standards scale
Journal name Psychological Assessment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-3590
Publication date 2015-03-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/pas0000090
Open Access Status
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 816
End page 826
Total pages 11
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract We developed the Chinese-Western Intercultural Couple Standards Scale (CWICSS) to assess relationship standards that may differ between Chinese and Western partners and may challenge intercultural couples. The scale assesses 4 Western-derived relationship standards (demonstrations of love, demonstrations of caring, intimacy expression, and intimacy responsiveness) and 4 Chinese-derived relationship standards (relations with the extended family, relational harmony, face, and gender roles). We administered the CWICSS to 983 Chinese and Western participants living in Australia to assess the psychometric properties of the scores as measures of respondents' relationship standards. The CWICSS has a 2-level factor structure with the items reflecting the 8 predicted standards. The 4 Western derived standards loaded onto a higher order factor of couple bond, and the 4 Chinese derived standards loaded onto a higher order factor of family responsibility. The scale scores were structurally equivalent across cultures, genders, and 2 independent samples, and good convergent and discriminant validity was found for the interpretation of scale scores as respondents' endorsement of the predicted standards. Scores on the 8 scales and 2 superordinate scales showed high internal consistency and test-retest coefficients. Chinese endorsed all 4 family responsibility standards more strongly than did Westerners, but Chinese and Western participants were similar in endorsement of couple bond standards. Across both cultures, couple bond standards were endorsed more highly than were family responsibility standards. The CWICSS assesses potential areas of conflict in Chinese-Western relationships.
Keyword Intercultural couple relationships
Relationship standards
Psychometric Properties
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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