Empirical validation of the Marital Satisfaction Inventory: an actuarial approach. Academic Article uri icon


  • Despite the proliferation of self-report measures of marital satisfaction, few satisfy even minimal criteria of reliability and validity. The current study presents data demonstrating the actuarial validity of the Marital Satisfaction Inventory, a multidimensional self-report measure of marital interaction. 50 couples (mean age 35 yrs) entering marital therapy were interviewed conjointly, and spouses were rated separately on a 61-item checklist of relevant clinical criteria. Subsequent analyses identified 95 significant Scale Criterion correlations, with an average of 9 correlates for each scale. In addition to providing substantial support for the basic interpretive intent of individual scales, findings demonstrate their convergent and discriminant validity as well. Implications for both the clinical and research utility of this instrument are discussed. (20 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). 1981 American Psychological Association.

published proceedings

  • J Consult Clin Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Snyder, D. K., Wills, R. M., & Keiser, T. W.

citation count

  • 58

complete list of authors

  • Snyder, DK||Wills, RM||Keiser, TW

publication date

  • April 1981