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Dyadic Adjustment Scale

Graham Spanier, Ph.D.

Technical Information

The data for the married sample are based on a group of 218 married individuals. The divorced databased are based on a group of 94 recently divorced individuals. In addition, a small sample of never-married cohabitating couples was also given the questionnaire to determine applicability of the scale for non-marital dyads. A complete demographic description and selected social characteristics of the samples are described in greater detail in the DAS Manual.

Reliability and Validity
DAS was developed following rigorous test-development procedures. Psychometrically, it has been acknowledged as one of the best paper-and-pencil indicators of dyadic adjustment (Cohen, 1985; Follette & Jacobson, 1985; Johnson & Greenberg, 1985) with more than 1,000 scientific investigations. Since its development, a tremendous amount of knowledge about dyadic relationships and their dissolution has been obtained through the use of DAS. It is therefore a widely used instrument for clinical and research applications with couples. Detailed data are presented in the manual including:

  • Internal-Consistency Reliability, Inter-Rater Reliability, and Test- Retest Reliability 
  • An examination of group differences among seven different samples. Of these groups, correlations between dyadic adjustment and gender differences, as well as dyadic adjustment and sex role orientation are discussed in greater detail 
  • Two clinical examples to show the application of DAS and to illustrate its potential uses

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About the Author

Graham Spanier, Ph.D.
A distinguished researcher and scholar, Dr. Spanier has more than 100 scholarly publications, including 10 books, and was the founding editor of the Journal of Family Issues. A family sociologist, demographer, and marriage and family therapist, he earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and his bachelor's and master's degrees from Iowa State University, where he was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Citation and an honorary doctorate.
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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)