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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, 2000

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 (2000): ML001R7, ML003R7, ML005R7, ML006R7, ML009R7

Negative Items (2000): ML002R7, ML004R7, ML007R7, ML008R7, ML010R7


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.


ML001R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) Here are some things spouses or partners may do when they are together. (FOR EACH ITEM, CHECK THE BOX THAT BEST DESCRIBES HOW OFTEN YOU DO THESE THINGS). When You Are With Your Spouse or Partner: You calmly discuss something together (ML001R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever221.7
2) Sometimes1088.4
3) Fairly often23118.0
4) Quite frequently47336.9
5) Almost always44834.9
9) Response not codable10.1
TOTAL1283100.0

Item Instructions (ML001R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML002R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] One of you is sarcastic (ML002R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever36628.7
2) Sometimes61047.8
3) Fairly often14211.1
4) Quite frequently12910.1
5) Almost always292.3
9) Response not codable10.1
TOTAL1277100.0

Item Instructions (ML002R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML003R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] You work together on something (dishes, yard work, hobbies, child care, etc.) (ML003R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever806.2
2) Sometimes23017.9
3) Fairly often24719.2
4) Quite frequently40231.3
5) Almost always32425.2
9) Response not codable10.1
TOTAL1284100.0

Item Instructions (ML003R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML004R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] One of you refuses to talk in a normal manner (e.g., shouting, or not talking) (ML004R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever61047.6
2) Sometimes51440.1
3) Fairly often866.7
4) Quite frequently524.1
5) Almost always181.4
9) Response not codable20.2
TOTAL1282100.0

Item Instructions (ML004R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML005R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] You laugh together (ML005R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever221.7
2) Sometimes1169.1
3) Fairly often21716.9
4) Quite frequently49838.9
5) Almost always42733.3
9) Response not codable10.1
TOTAL1281100.0

Item Instructions (ML005R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML006R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] You have a stimulating exchange of ideas (ML006R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever463.6
2) Sometimes19915.6
3) Fairly often31024.3
4) Quite frequently47337.1
5) Almost always24719.4
9) Response not codable10.1
TOTAL1276100.0

Item Instructions (ML006R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML007R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] You disagree about something important (ML007R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever34727.1
2) Sometimes74358.0
3) Fairly often1108.6
4) Quite frequently574.5
5) Almost always221.7
9) Response not codable10.1
TOTAL1280100.0

Item Instructions (ML007R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML008R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] One of you becomes critical and belittling (ML008R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever68653.6
2) Sometimes44835.0
3) Fairly often826.4
4) Quite frequently453.5
5) Almost always171.3
9) Response not codable20.2
TOTAL1280100.0

Item Instructions (ML008R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML009R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] You have a good time together (ML009R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever211.6
2) Sometimes1138.9
3) Fairly often15111.8
4) Quite frequently38430.1
5) Almost always60547.5
9) Response not codable10.1
TOTAL1275100.0

Item Instructions (ML009R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.


ML010R7 from Longitudinal Study of Generations, 2000

(G1, G2, G3, G4) [How often, when you are with spouse/partner] One of you becomes angry (ML010R7)
TOTAL%
1) Hardly ever38229.9
2) Sometimes73457.5
3) Fairly often937.3
4) Quite frequently483.8
5) Almost always171.3
9) Response not codable20.2
TOTAL1276100.0

Item Instructions (ML010R7):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) Response not codable' to missing data.




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