ERIC Number: ED195895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Multidimensional Comparison of Maritally and Sexually Dysfunctioned Couples.
Berg, Phyllis; Snyder, Douglas K.
The Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MSI) is a potential instrument for differentiating couples with specific sexual distress from those with more general marital complaints. Couples (N=45) expressing primary complaints of dissatisfaction with their sexual relationship and couples (N=45) expressing primary complaints of generalized marital distress completed the MSI prior to therapy. Results show that couples seeking brief sexual dysfunction therapy exhibit MSI profiles characterized by higher elevation on Sexual Dissatisfaction. For couples seeking general marital therapy, complaints of sexual distress are secondary to prominent levels of general marital discord and dissatisfaction with communication and time spent together. Results support the usefulness of the MSI in differentiating couples with generalized marital distress from those with specific sexual dysfunctions. The MSI appears well-suited not only for individual treatment decisions, but also as a multidimensional criterion for sexual dysfunction research. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Marital Satisfaction Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).