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The GRIMS. A psychometric instrument for the assessment of marital discord

Department of Psychology, University of Exeter, Exeter, England, United Kingdom
Journal of Family Therapy (Impact Factor: 1.02). 11/2003; 12(1):45 - 57. DOI: 10.1046/j..1990.00369.x

ABSTRACT Research in marital therapy has been disadvantaged by the lack of a good, short and recent psychometric questionnaire to objectively assess the state of a marriage for research, demographic and clinical purposes. The Golombok Rust Inventory of Marital State (GRIMS) is a companion questionnaire to the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS), and concentrates on aspects other than the sexual in a dyadic relationship between two adults living together. It is a 28 item psychometrically constructed inventory designed to produce a single scale along which changes in a marriage may develop as marital therapy progresses. It has been shown to be valid for this purpose, and to have a good reliability.

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