Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_405-1

Name and Type of Measure

The Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test (MAT; Locke and Wallace 1959) is a measure of general marital quality or satisfaction, as well as a measure of agreement or disagreement on common issues that cause conflict for couples.



The Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test (Locke and Wallace 1959) is one of the two most prevalently used measures of marital satisfaction (with 3322 citations as of January 2017), and is freely available for research and therapeutic practice. The Locke-Wallace* is a short (15-item) self-report measure of marital satisfaction and areas of disagreement. The measure utilizes a complex scoring system with ten item weightings. Higher scores reflect better marital satisfaction and more agreement between spouses. Scores on the Locke-Wallace* range from 2 to 158, with a cut-off score of 100. Scores less than 100 indicate marital dissatisfaction or maladjustment. The measure...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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