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Measuring Marital Instability
Alan Booth, David Johnson and John N. Edwards
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 45, No. 2 (May, 1983), pp. 387-394
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351516
Page Count: 8
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Researchers of marital instability have relied on divorce and disruption statistics to draw conclusions about the state of American marriage. No measure currently exists to assess instability among intact couples. This paper describes the development of a scale specifically designed for this purpose. The measure, a Marital Instability Index, is shown to be a reliable and valid indicator. Scale scores among a national sample of currently married men and women vary with the known incidence of divorce among subgroups of the population. An abbreviated form of the Index is also presented.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 1983 National Council on Family Relations