Class Notes (839,313)
Canada (511,260)
York University (35,583)
Psychology (4,109)
PSYC 3630 (13)
Erin Ross (13)
Lecture 5

Lecture 5 - Relationship/Marital Satisfaction

3 Pages

Course Code
PSYC 3630
Erin Ross

This preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full 3 pages of the document.
Lecture 5 1 January 31st, 2012 Relationship/Marital Satisfaction 1. Nature and Measurement - Consists of diff types of items (ask about diff things) o Quality of relationship (good/bad), specific behaviours (problem behaviours – frequency of partner lies, how often do you kiss) o General interaction pattern o How often do you fight (if fight more = more dissatisfied with marriage) - Psychometrically, MAT has serious issues o Not gold standard in terms of quality of measure (but it is used frequently) Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test (MAT) 1959 - On a scale 0-35 (very unhappy – perfectly happy) - Red number = scale value (numbers how the scale is scored, participants don’t see the number) - Scale is weighted to what matter more (they believe that factor carries more weight) – contribute to score more - Measures of agreement /disagreement / behavioural items - Attrition / mortality = disadvantage of longitudinal studies (to follow them 60 years in marriage) - Cross-sectional (slide 10) = take people from diff points of relationship o Different sample of people (cohort differences) - Marital satisfaction = result in a inverted U shape o Most low point = marriage couple with teens in the family o Only find this result in cross-sectional studies Dyadic Adjustment Test - Long version = 60+ items; not free! - Measure of aspects of satisfaction (more detailed understanding) Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale 1983 - 3 items – quick, as good to predict behaviour related to marital satisfaction than MAT o Satisfied with: your marriage, your spouse, your relationship with spouse - Measure whether relationship is good/bad, spouse is good/bad - Satisfaction and dissatisfaction is a process – satisfaction does not mean absence of dissatisfaction - Bipolar nature of measure (extreme satisfied – extreme dissatisfied): need to split satisfaction/dissatisfaction o Need to get both measures separately - Mixed = ambivalent (have more extreme dis/satisfied) is different from indifferent (don’t care) - Cognition to evaluate their marital satisfaction - Attributions = attributing their behaviour to some cause (“if you clean my car, you must love me”) o If someone persistently comes home late, then you think the person doesn’t want to be there o Diff attributions lead to diff consequences - It doesn’t just occur at one point of marriage, but marital satisfaction as a trajectory (a fluctuation) - Slide 11: Group 4 and 5 – unlikely to report marital problems (drug/alcohol, spousal abuse) o High level of shared activities o Group 5: more likely to have a slightly higher shared activities than group 4 - Group 1 and 2 – start at similar state o Group 2: less likely to report problems than group 1; more likely to spend time together than group 3 - Group 3: reported having more economic problems than all the other groups - Differences in trajectory group in marital satisfaction Lecture 5 2 January 31st, 2012
More Less
Unlock Document

Only page 1 are available for preview. Some parts have been intentionally blurred.

Unlock Document
You're Reading a Preview

Unlock to view full version

Unlock Document

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.