Partner-Focused Prayer Measure


Scale name: Partner-Focused Prayer Measure

Scale overview: The Partner-Focused Prayer Measure is a 4-item, 5-point rating scale evaluating the frequency of prayer for one’s partner as a part of a study relating partner prayer to infidelity.

Authors: Frank D. Fincham and Nathaniel M. Lambert, The Florida State University, Steven R. H. Beach, University of Georgia

Response Type: The Partner-Focused Prayer Measure uses a 5 point scale ranging from 1 (never) to 5 (very frequently).

Sample items:

3. I ask God to watch over my partner.

4. I pray for my partner to reach his/her goals

Reliability: Alpha = .96.

Validity: The content of the scale appears to accomplish its purpose and it was useful in the study.

Availability: The full set of 4 items is on page 2 of the PsycTESTS entry.


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The researchers found evidence supporting the value of prayer in romantic relationships. Here's a quote from the 2010 discussion section:

"The current series of studies provides evidence that prayer focused on requesting beneficial outcomes (blessings) for the partner is associated with decreased propensity to transgress against the partner by engaging in extradyadic romantic behavior"

Clinicians may find the items useful in couples counseling with couples who pray. 


Fincham, F. D., Lambert, N. M., & Beach, S. R. H. (2010). Partner-Focused Prayer Measure [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi:

Fincham, Frank D., Lambert, Nathaniel M., & Beach, Steven R. H. (2010). Faith and unfaithfulness: Can praying for your partner reduce infidelity? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,99(4), 649-659. doi:


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