Assessing responses to recurring problems in marriage: Evaluation of the Marital Coping Inventory

C. L. Cohan, T. N. Bradbury

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Abstract

The authors evaluated the psychometric properties of the Marital Coping Inventory (MCI; M.L. Bowman, 1990) by administering the MCI and measures of marital satisfaction and negative affectivity to 120 newlywed spouses, by observing spouses discussing a marital problem, and by administering the MCI again to 104 spouses 6 months later. Results extend prior analyses of the MCI: The Avoidance subscale had low internal consistency, wives scored higher than husbands on the Conflict and Self-Blame subscales, coping scores correlated with specific affects expressed in the discussions, and the Conflict and Self-Interest subscales predicted change in marital satisfaction. These findings aid in evaluating the psychometric status of the MCI and the conceptual status of coping as assessed by the MCI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-200
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Assessment
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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