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Concurrent and Discriminant Validity of the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale

Walter R. Schumm, Lois A. Paff-Bergen, Ruth C. Hatch, Felix C. Obiorah, Janette M. Copeland, Lori D. Meens and Margaret A. Bugaighis
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 48, No. 2 (May, 1986), pp. 381-387
DOI: 10.2307/352405
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352405
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Concurrent and Discriminant Validity of the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale
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Abstract

The Kansas Marital Satisfaction (KMS) Scale is found to correlate substantially with both Spanier's (1976) Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) and Norton's (1983) Quality Marriage Index (QMI), but not to correlate significantly more than those two scales with a variety of other satisfaction items designed to assess the discriminant validity of the KMS scale. Other characteristics of the KMS scale are similar to those reported in previous research and compare favorably with those of the DAS and the QMI, even though the latter scales contain more items than the KMS scale. It is concluded that the KMS scale may serve as a useful brief measure of marital satisfaction in future research with married couples.

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