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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SCORSOLINI-COMIN, Fabio  and  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. Dyadic adjustment and marital satisfaction: correlations amongthe domains of two marital evaluation scales. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.3, pp.467-475. ISSN 0102-7972.

The notions of dyadic adjustment and marital satisfaction are reflected in the scientific literature in an indiscriminate way without considering the specificities of each construct, even though both evaluate domains related to conjugality. This study aimed at analyzing and comparing those constructs by correlating two marital evaluation scales used worldwide the Dyadic Adjustment Scale and the Marital Satisfaction Scale. A hundred six married people (53 men, 53 women) participated in the study; most of them are middle class couples with college degree. A correlation analysis showed that all the variables of the dyadic adjustment scale were correlated to marital satisfaction scale's variables, although each one evaluates different aspects of marital relationships. This finding suggests that both scales (Dyadic Adjustment and Marital Satisfaction) may be grouped together under one construct (conjugality) and become one single instrument for measuring couples' dynamics.

Keywords : Dyadic Adjustment; Marital Satisfaction; Marital Relationships; Scales.

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