Original Articles

The Reliability of the Dyadic Satisfaction (DS) Subscale in a Low-income Semi-rural South African Community

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 2, 2008 , pages: 245–248
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820192
Author(s): Elmien LeschStellenbosch University, South Africa, Sarah-Kate EngelbrechtStellenbosch University, South Africa


This study investigated the reliability of the Dyadic Satisfaction (DS) subscale of the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) in a South African setting. One-hundred heterosexual, coloured, low-income, semi-rural couples with a mean age of 43.59 years and limited formal education participated in the study. To estimate validity, the DS subscale was correlated with the Index of Marital Satisfaction (IMS) and the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (KMSS). There appears to be a particularly strong relationship between the DS subscale and the IMS. The DS subscale can be used reliably as a measure of relationship satisfaction in the South African community studied.

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