Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Marital Attitude Scale/The Marital Scales

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_398-1

A Name and Type of Measure

The Marital Attitude Scale (MAS) is a self-report measure of both married and unmarried individuals’ attitudes and opinions toward heterosexual marriage. The Marital Scales applies to individuals of any age, ethnicity, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation and is comprised of three different scales that measure overall attitudes toward marriage, expectations to get married, and assumptions of what marriage will be like.


The primary use of the MAS (Braaten and Rosén 1998) is to assess an individual’s feelings regarding their own marriage (present or future), and their feelings toward marriage concepts in general. The benefit of this scale is that it includes assessments of marital attitudes from those who have never been married, which had not previously been included in any other measure. The MAS has since been used in studies assessing individuals’ attitudes toward marriage as a result of ever-changing social roles and the influence of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Colorado State University – Applied Social and Health PsychologyFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA