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Master of Science in Psychology
Jon Frew, PhD, ABPP
Same-sex couples' relationships are similar to heterosexual couples in the way they are developed and maintained. All relationships are complex and same-sex couples are no exception. Same-sex couples face many unique issues that affect their level of relationship satisfaction. In this literature review the applicability of four commonly used measures of relationship satisfaction to same-sex couples, the Marital Satisfaction Inventory - Revised, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, Waring Intimacy Questionnaire, and the Relationship Assessment Measurement for Same-Sex Couples were reviewed. Findings demonstrate that the assessment of relationship satisfaction in same-sex couples should be measured differently than heterosexual couples, and the most commonly used tools currently used for measuring same sex issues, including relationship satisfaction, are not adequate.
Kalvels, Stacie R. (2008). Assessment of Relationship Satisfaction in Same-Sex Couples: A Review of the Literature (Master's thesis, Pacific University). Retrieved from: