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The Gilford-Bengston Marital Satisfaction Scale is a ten-item scale asked to married participants. Five items are positive, such as "You calmly discuss something together," and five items are negative, such as "You disagree about something important."

Data File: Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

Source: Gilford, R. and V.L. Bengtson. 1979. "Measuring marital satisfaction in three generations: Positive and negative dimensions." Journal of Marriage and the Family 41:387-398.


General Instructions:

Gilford and Bengston's 1979 study shows that these ten items load onto two factors: positive items and negative items.

Positive Items (1971): GB1, GB3, GB4, GB6, GB9

Negative Items (1971): GB2, GB5, GB7, GB8, GB10


Link to original scale: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1864&context=etd

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


GB1 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) (ANSWER THIS PAGE ONLY IF YOU ARE NOW MARRIED.) Now we would like to ask you about some things husbands and wives may do when they are together. We have listed below the things we are interested in. For each event listed, please indicate -- by circling the appropriate number -- how often it happens between you and your spouse. You calmly discuss something together (GB1)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens121.2
2) Not usually, but sometimes949.0
3) Fairly often when we are together21720.8
4) Quite frequently when we are together31530.2
5) Almost always when we are together40438.8
TOTAL1042100.0

GB2 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse] One of you is sarcastic (GB2)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens28227.3
2) Not usually, but sometimes55353.5
3) Fairly often when we are together10910.6
4) Quite frequently when we are together716.9
5) Almost always when we are together181.7
TOTAL1033100.0

GB3 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] You work together on something (dishes, yard work, hobbies, child care, etc.) (GB3)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens807.7
2) Not usually, but sometimes19218.5
3) Fairly often when we are together19518.8
4) Quite frequently when we are together28927.8
5) Almost always when we are together28427.3
TOTAL1040100.0

GB4 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse] One of you refuses to talk in a normal manner (GB4)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens52350.7
2) Not usually, but sometimes39538.3
3) Fairly often when we are together555.3
4) Quite frequently when we are together424.1
5) Almost always when we are together161.6
TOTAL1031100.0

GB5 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse] You laugh together (GB5)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens111.1
2) Not usually, but sometimes646.2
3) Fairly often when we are together20019.3
4) Quite frequently when we are together36335.0
5) Almost always when we are together40038.5
TOTAL1038100.0

GB6 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse] You have a stimulating exchange of ideas (GB6)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens545.2
2) Not usually, but sometimes18317.6
3) Fairly often when we are together28027.0
4) Quite frequently when we are together29628.5
5) Almost always when we are together22521.7
TOTAL1038100.0

GB7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] You disagree about something important (GB7)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens21220.4
2) Not usually, but sometimes60558.3
3) Fairly often when we are together14814.3
4) Quite frequently when we are together555.3
5) Almost always when we are together181.7
TOTAL1038100.0

GB8 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse] One of you becomes critical and belittling (GB8)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens50248.5
2) Not usually, but sometimes42741.3
3) Fairly often when we are together676.5
4) Quite frequently when we are together323.1
5) Almost always when we are together70.7
TOTAL1035100.0

GB9 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse] You have a good time together (GB9)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens131.3
2) Not usually, but sometimes636.1
3) Fairly often when we are together13212.7
4) Quite frequently when we are together24823.9
5) Almost always when we are together58056.0
TOTAL1036100.0

GB10 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971

(G1, G2, G3) [How often, when you are with spouse] You become angry (GB10)
TOTAL%
1) It hardly ever happens22321.4
2) Not usually, but sometimes68665.8
3) Fairly often when we are together999.5
4) Quite frequently when we are together282.7
5) Almost always when we are together70.7
TOTAL1043100.0



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