Assessment of marital satisfaction and interaction

Stephen N. Haynes, Diane R. Follingstad, Judy C. Sullivan

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Assessed the discriminant and criterion-related validity of 2 questionnaire measures of marital satisfaction (the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale and Stuart's Marital Precounseling Inventory), as well as the discriminant and criterion-related validity and stability and perceived reactivity of a system for observation of marital interaction in the home. Seven dissatisfied and 6 satisfied couples were administered a marital satisfaction questionnaire, and each couple was observed in their home for 3 1/2-hr periods by 2 trained observers. Analysis of the data suggests that there was (a) a high level of stability and discriminant validity for several behavior codes, (b) discriminant validity for the questionnaires, and (c) a moderate degree of self-reported reactivity to the observation process. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)789-791
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1979


  • interaction, married couples
  • Stuart's Marital Precounseling Inventory &
  • system for observation of marital interaction, assessment of marital satisfaction &
  • validity of Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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