An Overview of the Risks and Protectors for Children of Separation and Divorce

Appendix B: The Dyadic Adjustment Scale

Most persons have disagreements in their relationships.  Please indicate below the approximate extent of agreement and disagreement between you and your partner for each item on the following list.

  Always
Agree
Almost
Always
Agree
Occasionally
Disagree
Frequently
Disagree
Almost
Always
Disagree
Always
Disagree

1. Handling family finances

5

4

3

2

1

0

2. Matters or recreation

5

4

3

2

1

0

3. Religious matters

5

4

3

2

1

0

4. Demonstrations of affection

5

4

3

2

1

0

5. Friends

5

4

3

2

1

0

6. Sex relations

5

4

3

2

1

0

7. Conventionality (correct or proper behavior)

5

4

3

2

1

0

8. Philosophy of life

5

4

3

2

1

0

9. Ways of dealing with parents or in-laws

5

4

3

2

1

0

10. Aims, goals, and things believed important

5

4

3

2

1

0

11. Amount of time spent together

5

4

3

2

1

0

12. Making major decisions

5

4

3

2

1

0

13. Household tasks

5

4

3

2

1

0

14. Leisure time interests and activities

5

4

3

2

1

0

15. Career decisions

5

4

3

2

1

0



All the
time
Most of
the time
More often than not Occa-sionally Rarely Never

16. How often do you discuss or have you considered divorce, separation, or terminating your relationship?

0

1

2

3

4

5

17. How often do you or your mate leave the house after a fight?

0

1

2

3

4

5

18. In general, how often to you think that things between you and your partner are going well?

5

4

3

2

1

0

19. Do you confide in your mate?

5

4

3

2

1

0

20. Do you ever regret that you married? (or lived together)

0

1

2

3

4

5

21. How often do you and your partner quarrel?

0

1

2

3

4

5

22. How often to you and your mate "get on each other's nerves?"

0

1

2

3

4

5

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