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Assessment of Relationship Satisfaction in Same-Sex Couples: A Review of the Literature

28 April 2008


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.


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