Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Areas of Change Questionnaire

  • Cody G. Dodd
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_389-1

Name and Type of Measure

The Areas of Change Questionnaire (ACQ) is a two-part measure of: (a) desired change in partner behaviors and (b) changes in one’s own behaviors that are perceived to be pleasing to the partner.

Synonyms

In the research literature, the ACQ has also been abbreviated A-C, AC, and AOC.

Introduction

The Areas of Change Questionnaire (ACQ; Margolin et al. 1983) is a 68-item measure of intimate relationship functioning, originally designed to facilitate effectiveness research on behavioral couple therapy (Weiss et al. 1973; as cited in Margolin et al. 1983). The ACQ has two parts: first, the respondent rates the degree of change desired on 34 common partner behaviors; second, the respondent indicates the degree to which his or her own changes on those 34 behaviors is likely to be pleasing to his or her partner. Items are rated on a 7-point scale from “much less” change (−3) to “no change” (0) to “much more” change (+3). A common scoring system for the ACQ produces...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCentral Michigan UniversityMount PleasantUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA