Marital Satisfaction Inventory, Revised (MSI-R)
Douglas K. Snyder, Ph.D.
|Category||:||Marriage, Family Therapy, Child Custody, Parenting|
|Time||:||Untimed, approximately 25 minutes, 150 True/False items|
|:||MSI-R Complete Kit (Includes 20 Autoscore(TM) Answer Forms and Manual)|
The Marital Satisfaction Inventory, widely used to assess the nature and extent of conflict within a marriage or relationship, is now fully revised and restandardised.
Like the original scale, the MSI-R helps couples communicate hard-to-express feelings, providing an easy way to gather information about a broad range of relationship issues. And, because the items now refer to “partner” and “relationship” rather than “spouse” and “marriage”, the test is useful with both traditional and non-traditional couples.
The MSI-R can be administered and hand scored using the AutoScore(TM) Forms in just 25 minutes. Yet it addresses every important aspect of the relationship. Each partner responds to 150 True-False items (129 if the couple has no children), which cover the following dimensions of marital interaction.
Family History of Distress
Dissatisfaction With Children
Disagreement About Finances
Conflict Over Child Rearing
Two additional scales indicate inconsistency and a tendency to respond in an unrealistically positive manner.
Scores for both partners can be plotted on a single profile (on the AutoScore- Answer Form). This gives a quick, graphic comparison of the two sets of scores. The profile illuminates the primary concerns of each partner, clearly indicating differences in their perceptions of the relationship.
The MSI-R is an excellent way to begin marital therapy. Administered prior to the first interview, it helps couples articulate their discontent and gives clear guidelines for subsequent treatment.
In addition, the test can help identify relationship issues that may be contributing to individual or family problems, such as depression, substance abuse, or trouble with children or adolescents. It can also be used in premarital counselling and with separated couples considering reconciliation.
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