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Multidimensional Aspects of Marital Relationships: Factor Structure of the MSI.
Wendler, Cathy L. W.; Zachary, Robert A.
Because marriage and family counselors need to examine all areas of a marital relationship, a study was undertaken to investigate several parts of a marital relationship using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MSI). Participants (N=495) who were engaged in conjoint marital counseling, completed the MSI, a self-reporting measure with 280 true/false items. Their responses were factor analyzed using an exploratory factor analysis procedure based on tetrachoric correlations. Dichotomous variables were treated as realizations of continuous, multivariate normal data for which an ordinary factor analysis model holds. Six scales were analyzed including global distress, affective communication, problem-solving communication, time together, disagreement about finances, and sexual dissatisfaction. Results of a test performed on the latent roots obtained from the overall analysis suggested that no more than six factors were present. Examination of the six factors indicated a grouping of items similar to those described by the MSI scales. Results of this study were consistent with previous ones and provide support for both a multidimensional approach to assessing a couple's relationship and the continued use of the MSI in clinical and research settings. (ABL)
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