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Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale

 


Assessment name:  Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS)

Scale overview: The Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS) is a 14-item self-report assessment of three categories of a couple relationships (Consensus, Satisfaction, Cohesion).

Authors: Dean M. Busby and others (see Busby et al., 1995)

Response Type: The items are rated on a 5- or 6-point scale. High scores represent greater stability and relationship satisfaction.

Scale items (Example)

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

  1 Religious matters

   2. Demonstrations of affection

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

  

Psychometric properties

The authors report alpha .90.

The RDAS was moderately correlated with the Marital Adjustment Test (.68) and highly correlated with the original Dyadic Adjustment Scale (.97).

The RDAS differentiated between 81% of distressed and nondistressed couples.

 

Availability: See Appendix A of Busby et al. (1995). [Note: links can change. If it does not work, see the reference below.

References for the scale

Busby, D. M., Christensen, C., Crane, D. R., & Larson, J. H. (1995). A revision of the dyadic adjustment scale for use with distressed and nondistressed couples: Construct hierarchy and multidimensional scales. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 21(3), 289-308.

Crane, D. R., Middleton, K. C., & Bean, R. A. (2000). Establishing criterion scores for the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale and the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale. American Journal of Family Therapy, 28(1), 53-60.

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