The Chinese version of the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale: Some psychometric and normative data

Daniel T. L. Shek1, Sandra Tsang2
1The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Cite this article:  Shek, D., & Tsang, S. (1993). The Chinese version of the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale: Some psychometric and normative data. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 21, 205-214.

Volume 21 Issue 3 | e721 | Published: August 1993 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1993.21.3.205

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The Chinese version of the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale (C-KMS) was administered to 381 parents of preschool mentally handicapped children, along with other instruments assessing their stress, mental health, coping styles and caregiving patterns. The C-KMS was found to have high internal consistency as a scale (alpha = .92) and tentative support for the validity of the scale was established: C-KMS scores correlated significantly with the frequency of seeking help from spouse, and subjects who had to take care of the child alone at different times had significantly lower C-KMS scores than subjects whose care-giving demands were shared by their spouse. The data also showed that the mean C-KMS scores in the present sample were lower than those reported in the literature and females reported a significantly lower level of perceived marital satisfaction than males.


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