Current Psychology

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 197–214 | Cite as

Marital satisfaction and conventionalization examined dyadically

  • Blaine J. Fowers
  • Brooks Applegate


Edmonds (1967) developed the Marital Conventionalization Scale to measure an apparent social desirability bias in marital quality measurement at the individual level. The original conceptualization of marital conventionalization has not been supported by subsequent research and conventionalization appears to represent another aspect of marital quality. This study investigated whether marital satisfaction and conventionalization are best conceptualized at the individual or couple level. A series of analyses suggest that these constructs must be interpreted as dyadic variables rather than simply as individual perceptions of marriage. Husbands and wives tend to report similar levels of marital satisfaction and conventionalization, especially among dissatisfied couples and couples with a high level of satisfaction.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blaine J. Fowers
    • 1
  • Brooks Applegate
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychological StudiesUniversity of MiamiCoral Gables

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