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Minerva Psichiatrica 2002 June;43(2):107-16

language: Italian

A measurement of dyadic adjustment: the Dyadic Adjustment Scale

Gentili P., Contreras L., Cassaniti M., D'Arista F.


Background. In the last years the object of many research was the valuation of marital adjustment with several instruments. Most used in clinical and in research is the Dyadic Adjustment Scale. Objectives of this research are: the Italian translation of the scale and its statistical validation.
Methods. After the Italian version's construction, we have given the final version of DAS to a sample of 148 couples, 296 subjects, living in several Italian regions, selected at random and aged from 19 to 77 years (man age: 40.74; SD: 10.82). Statistical processing includes: means, standard deviations, ANOVA Test, Factor Analysis and Reliability (alfa-Cronbach).
Results. In the Italian version, means and standard deviation are different from sample of the original version. Scale has a good reliability (alfa=0.93). Factor Analysis emphasizes same factors of Spanier. Infact majority of items of the first factor (var.=37.1), express dyadic satisfaction. Besides females and males have different factorial composition.
Conclusions. Final results of this work show that the Italian version of DAS has valid psychometric characteristics (good reliability and steady factorial structure). Therefore, this scale can be used in research, and in clinical and therapeutic procedures also in the Italian version.

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