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The Marital Satisfaction Scale: Development of a Measure for Intervention Research

Arthur J. Roach, Larry P. Frazier and Sharon R. Bowden
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 43, No. 3 (Aug., 1981), pp. 537-546
DOI: 10.2307/351755
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351755
Page Count: 10
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The Marital Satisfaction Scale: Development of a Measure for Intervention Research
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Abstract

This study reviews the development of the Marital Satisfaction Scale (MSS). The MSS was designed to assess one's level of satisfaction toward his or her own marriage. Marital satisfaction was defined as an attitude of greater or lesser favorability toward one's own marital relationship. Measurement of the perception of one's marriage by means of an attitude scale was the focus of the effort. Design objectives for developing the measure were to generate a new set of items, to utilize a single-item style with an easy scoring system, to guard against contamination by marital conventionalization and social desirability, and to provide items which could reflect attitudinal change likely to occur as a result of marital intervention. Research results indicate that the instrument has very high internal consistency, sufficient test-retest reliability and validity, and a low degree of contamination with social desirability.

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