ERIC Number: ED333293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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A Comparison of the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale and the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test.
White, Mark B.; And Others
Past research has suggested that the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (KMS) is a brief, reliable, and valid measure of marital satisfaction. This study was conducted to: (1) examine responses on the KMS from a national sample of couples; (2) assess the construct validity of the KMS through a comparison with the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test (MAT); (3) compare husbands' and wives' responses to the KMS; (4) suggest tentative cut-off scores for the KMS that differentiate between distressed and nondistressed individuals; and (5) recommend the KMS as a brief, reliable, and valid alternative to the MAT for evaluating marital quality. A national sample of 115 couples completed both the KMS and the MAT. The KMS was found to be highly correlated with the MAT. Husbands tended to report greater marital satisfaction than did wives on the KMS, but not on the MAT. A tentative cut-off score distinguishing nondistressed from distressed individuals was suggested for the KMS. Finally, further support for using a brief, global evaluation of marital quality, such as the KMS, was provided. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale; Locke Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Conference on Family Relations (52nd, Seattle, WA, November 9-14, 1990).