Franco Ceasar M Agbalog and Shintaro Yukawa
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Clin Exp Psychol
Statement of the Problem:
Resentment is the persistent
feeling that youâ??re being
treated unfairly- not getting due
respect, appreciation, affection,
help, apology, consideration,
praise, or reward (Stosny, 2011).
It is a negative emotional state
that combines annoyance,
anger, dislike or hatred, and
other negative feelings that
interferes with a personâ??s ability
to relate to another person
or situation. To date, there
is no published resentment
scale available in academic
databases. We believe that
developing a resentment scale
and evaluating its psychometric
properties are essential steps
that must be taken to enrich our
understanding of the dynamics
of resentment in intimate
Methodology & Theoretical Orientation: Three studies involving a total of 844 individuals were conducted to develop and validate the Resentment Rating Scale for Couples, a new measure assessing resentment that may exist in a relationship. The studies examined the dimensionality, internal consistency, and construct validity of the new scale. Participants were all in a long-term relationship, either married, cohabiting or boyfriend-girlfriend status.
Findings: The final instrument comprised 13 items which had adequate internal consistency. Convergent validity of the new measure was indicated by its significant relationships with Dorman Resentment Rating Scale, the frequency of conflict, and overall satisfaction and happiness in a relationship. The scale also discriminated from anger, anxiety, and jealousy.
Conclusion & Significance: The RRS-C seems to hold adequate evidence of reliability and validity. Nonetheless, it should be viewed in the light of several limitations such as the limited variability of the samples and the reliance on self-report measures. Notwithstanding these limitations, the development of RRS-C demonstrates a significant step in developing a resentment scale that provides a better assessment on the status of a relationship, especially of those having issues in their marriage and long-term romantic relationships.
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