The authors evaluated the psychometric properties of the Marital Coping Inventory (MCI; M. L. Bowman, 1990) by administering the MCI and measures of marital satisfaction and negative affectivity to 120 newlywed spouses, by observing spouses discussing a marital problem, and by administering the MCI again to 104 spouses 6 months later. Results extend prior analyses of the MCI: The Avoidance subscale had low internal consistency, wives scored higher than husbands on the Conflict and Self-Blame subscales, coping scores correlated with specific affects expressed in the discussions, and the Conflict and Self-Interest subscales predicted change in marital satisfaction. These findings aid in evaluating the psychometric status of the MCI and the conceptual status of coping as assessed by the MCI.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health