The Relationship Conflict Inventory (RCI) was developed to evaluate couples relationship conflict efficiently and inexpensively. Designed for use by clinicians as an assessment tool for initial evaluation, treatment outcome, and - if desired - tracking progress. It focuses on the verbal and physical processes of conflict in terms of frequency, distress level, and causal attribution.
- To help therapists and patients target the areas of greatest conflict.
- To help patients and their therapists clarify the nature and severity of relationship conflict.
- To accumulate normative data on both verbal and physical conflict.
- To have a roughly hierarchical scale potentially useful in clinical and research applications.
- To have a scale for assessing the processes of conflict.
- To have a scale for assessing the frequency level of various kinds of conflict.
- To have a scale for assessing the distress level of various kinds of conflict.
- To have a scale for assessing the attribution of cause for various kinds of conflict.
- To make possible the inclusion of relationship conflict as a diagnostic category in the DSM or other systems for diagnosis or classification.
- To provide a concise yet broad and sensitive inventory for measuring changes in relationship conflict.