The Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire for older persons: Factor structure in a French sample

Evelyne Fouquereau1, Christine Baudoin2
1Université François-Rabelais, France
2Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, France
Cite this article:  Fouquereau, E., & Baudoin, C. (2002). The Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire for older persons: Factor structure in a French sample. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 30, 95-104.

Volume 30 Issue 1 | e1148 | Published: February 2002 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2002.30.1.95

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The factor structure of the Marital Satisfaction Questionnaire for Older Persons (Haynes et al., 1992) for a sample of elderly French persons was examined. For the sample as a whole, as well as for women and men separately, the fit between the French data and the structure postulated by Haynes et al. was satisfactory. The meaning of the Communication/Companionship factor was the same in France as in the U.S. It proved to be a broad factor that expresses satisfaction in a wide variety of marital areas. The meaning of the Sex/Affection factor was slightly different in the French and U.S. samples. The proper name for this factor in the French sample would be Sex. Finally, the same pattern of correlation oefficients found in the U.S. sample between the two factors and a number of additional items was found for the French. In particular, Communication/Companionship scores were strongly linked to overall marital satisfaction, and Sex/Affection scores were only moderately correlated with overall marital satisfaction.
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