Empirical validation of the Marital Satisfaction Inventory in a nonclinical sample Academic Article uri icon


  • 50 couples from the general population were interviewed conjointly using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory (MSI), and spouses were rated separately on a 76-item checklist pertaining to various aspects of their marriage. The mean age of the sample was 36.9 yrs. Subsequent analyses identified 269 significant Scale Criterion correlations, including 203 replicated in independent mixed subsamples. Both the overall distribution and relative magnitude of correlations supported the basic interpretive intent of MSI scales. Discussion contrasts current results with previous findings using distressed samples and addresses implications for clinical use of the MSI. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). 1984 American Psychological Association.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

author list (cited authors)

  • Scheer, N. S., & Snyder, D. K.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Scheer, Nancy S||Snyder, Douglas K

publication date

  • January 1984