The marital disillusionment scale: Development and psychometric properties

Sylvia Niehuis, Denise Bartell

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Recent research identified disillusionment in marriage as an important predictor of divorce, but no scale exists to measure this construct. This article describes the development of the Marital Disillusionment Scale and its psychometric properties. The results from two samples provide support for the scale's internal consistency and its construct, convergent, and criterion validity. Cronbach's alpha was 98. The scale correlates highly with other related measures assessing changes in love, affectionate expression, ambivalence, and perceptions of partner's responsiveness over the course of marriage, and significantly differentiates married from divorced participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages16
JournalNorth American Journal of Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006


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