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Dyadic Adjustment Scale

Graham Spanier, Ph.D.


The DAS scale is a self-report measure of relationship adjustment. Extensive research, including over 1,000 published studies, supports the use of the DAS in determining the degree of dissatisfaction couples are experiencing. By measuring both partners’ perceptions, you can see where the ratings are different and ultimately gain a clearer picture of where the problems are rooted.

How to Use the Assessment
The DAS is used in clinical settings and for counseling adults. With 32 items, it takes only 5 to 10 minutes to administer. The normative data include a sample of 218 married individuals and 94 newly divorced individuals. Available in handscored and software formats. 
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Scales & Forms

  • Dyadic Consensus
  • Dyadic Satisfaction
  • Affectional Expression
  • Dyadic Cohesion
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Graham Spanier, Ph.D.

Age Range 18 years and older

Administration Time 5 to 10 minutes

Administration Type Self-report

Qualification Level B

  • Handscored
  • Software
    (Floppy disk
    drive required)