Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS): DAS-4

The Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) is a self-reported tool that measures a couples’ satisfaction–how happy they are with each other) and consists of 32 questions. You can click here to download a pdf of the DAS.

Screen Shot 2013-02-16 at 5.00.47 PMThe DAS-4 is an abbreviated version of this–so you can complete the form faster!

The 4 alludes to the fact that there are only four items: three of which are on a 6-point Likert scale ranging from 0 (all the time) to 5 (never), while the final item is on a 7-point scale ranging from 0 (extremely happy) to 6 (perfect).

Two articles to read regarding the Dyadic Adjustment Scale are:

Sabourin, S., Valois, P., & Lussier, Y. (2005). Development and validation of a brief version of the Dyadic Adjustment Scale with a nonparametric item analysis model. Psychological Assessment, 17(1), 15-27.

Spanier, G. B. (1976). Measuring dyadic adjustment: New scales for assessing the quality of marriage and similar dyads. Journal of Marriage & the Family, 38(1), 15-28.

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I am a parenting researcher, focusing on children and families. I have my master's degree and am earning my PhD through Uppsala University in Sweden, where I focus on parents, young children, health economics, child behavior, mental health issues, and family public policy issues. My previous research has been on similar topics: parenting, preschool aged children, education, father involvement, teacher retention, child health nurses, and the influence of environments on parental involvement. In my free time, I love to stay active by running, biking, and swimming (competing in triathlons), as well as anything outdoors that's active, like hiking, camping, canoeing, white water rafting, kayaking, and cyclocross. I also do a fair amount of traveling and enjoy meeting new people and learning about other cultures first hand.
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