Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 187–188 | Cite as

Marriage: Direct and continuous measurement

  • Diane DeA. Edwards
  • Joseph S. Edwards


Marriage partners who were college students were asked to count and chart the frequency of marital behaviors (sexual intercourse, arguments, and socials) per day for a period of at least 3 months. Functional relationships were found between arguments and sex. Couples who engaged in sexual intercourse at a higher rate than they argued described their marriage as “happy.” Marriages with rates of argument higher than rates of intercourse described their relationship as “definitely unhappy.” Daily records of these behaviors functionally pinpointed and quantified changes in the status of a couple’s marriage across time. In marriages described as “tolerable,” the sex rate was only slightly higher than the rate of arguments, but both rates were extremely low.


Sexual Intercourse Marital Relationship Daily Record Marriage Partner Marital Happiness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane DeA. Edwards
    • 1
  • Joseph S. Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Missouri Kansas City

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