Brief Report. Applicability of the Dyadic Adjustment Scale for Measurement of Marital Quality with Turkish Couples

ArticleinEuropean Journal of Psychological Assessment 16(3):214-218 · October 2012with163 Reads
DOI: 10.1027//1015-5759.16.3.214
Investigated the reliability and validity of the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) in a Turkish sample of 264 married individuals (mean age 36.8 yrs). The α coefficient for the DAS was .92 and the computed split-half reliability coefficient was .86. The DAS correlated .82 with the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test. The original factor structure of the DAS was replicated in the present study. In general, the data indicated that the DAS provides a reliable and valid measure of marital adjustment for a Turkish sample. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
    • "Estos resultados concuerdan también con otros que valoran fiabilidad y validez del cuestionario, en el que los Coeficientes alfa oscilaron entre 0,70, para la subescala de 4 ítems Expresión de afecto y 0,95, para la puntuación total de 32 ítems (Carey et al., 1993). Son, también, poco diferentes de los obtenidos en su adaptación en una población turca (Fisiloglu y Demir, 2000), con coeficientes alfa 0,92 y de los obtenidos en USA con una muestra hispana (Youngblut et al., 2006) cuyas consistencias internas oscilan entre 0,67 (Expresión de afecto) y 0,93 para la puntuación total de la EAD. Una limitación importante de este estudio estriba en que, al estudiar una muestra oportunista (parejas que acuden a un Centro de Salud Mental) la generalización de los resultados no pueda ser extensible a la población general. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS). The answers of 456 Spaniards (228 couples, 45 of which were satisfied with their relationship) were factor analysed through a confirmatory factorial analysis. It was found that a tetra factorial model, similar to the one proposed by the author in his original study, fitted significantly better than a Hierarchic or monofactorial model. The internal consistency (Cronbach’s ) of the first order factors ranged between .60 and .84. Gender-separated analysis determined that the goodness of fit was equally good both in men and women and also between harmony and conflict sample. Cut-off scores for each dimension of the questionnaire were established. The results of this study are similar, as far as cut-off scores and internal consistency are concerned, to those of Spanier's original study and adaptation studies of the questionnaire in other countries. Its use can be recommended with populations of ill adjusted couples,
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    • "Higher scores reflect perception of better quality of relationship. The scale was adapted into Turkish by Fışıloğlu and Demir (2000) with sufficient psychometric properties. Problem Solving Inventory (PSI; Heppner & Peterson, 1982) was designed to assess people's perception of their problem solving abilities. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The present study aimed to investigate the effects of being secure or insecure, being an effective or ineffective problem solver, and having effective or ineffective communication skills on different dimensions of relationship satisfaction. The participants of the present study were 142 undergraduate and graduate students with a mean of 21.8 years. Multivariate Analysis of Variance results revealed a significant Attachment Style main effect on dyadic cohesion and dyadic satisfaction, and a significant interaction effect for Effectiveness of Problem Solving Skills x Level of Conflict Tendency. The results were discussed in the light of the existing literature. (C) 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of the 2nd World Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Guidance.
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    • "and splithalf reliability as .86 (Fışıloğlu & Demir, 2000). In order to use the questionnaire with dating couples, minor changes in the items were made. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Problem Statement: Emotional abuse in intimate relationships is a serious problem that might have devastating consequences for individuals who are subjected to it. Therefore, assessment of emotional abuse is critical for the identification, recognition, and study of this important problem in romantic relationships. Purpose of Study: The purpose of this study is to translate and validate the Emotional Abuse Questionnaire (EAQ) in Turkish culture. Methods: Participants of this study included 95 college students. The EAQ was translated from English to Turkish with forward and reverse translation methods. In order to test the factor structure of each EAQ subscale (isolation, degradation, sexual abuse and property damage), principle component analysis was performed. The Dyadic Adjustment Scale was used to establish the validity of the criteria used. In order to control for social desirability, the short-version of the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale was used. Results: Examination of scree plot and initial analyses and communality scores for the EAG isolation and degradation subscales indicated that one-factor solutions were appropriate. The results yielded that a seven-item, one-factor solution best represents the sexual abuse subscale. Finally, a seven-item, one-factor solution emerged for the property damage subscale. Internal consistency and test-retest reliabilities suggest that the Turkish version of the Emotional Abuse Questionnaire has high internal coherence and high temporal stability. These reliability scores are comparable to those of the original version. The validity of the criteria for the Turkish EAQ was evaluated against the Dyadic Adjustment Scale. As hypothesized, Turkish EAQ scores were negatively correlated with scores on the Turkish Dyadic Adjustment Scale. Conclusion and Recommendations: The results of this study indicated that the EAQ's isolation, degradation, and property damage subscales are applicable to the Turkish culture. The sexual abuse subscale, on the other hand, did not demonstrate sufficient validity to justify its use in Turkish culture among university students. Consequently, the validity of this subscale should be further studied in diverse samples, including married couples.
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