Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1977

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Thomas T. Jackson


Differences between perceived marital adjustment by singles as compared to actual adjustment by married persons were assessed. Subjects were divided into four groups: 60 young singles (age 18-21), 30 older singles (age 22-29), 30 marrieds (age 21-36), and 20 divorced (age 19-51). There were an equal number of males and females in each group. All subjects were administered the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS). Single (and divorced) subjects were asked to respond to the DAS as they thought they would after the first year of their future (or next) marriage. Marrieds were given the usual instructions for filling out the DAS. The results indicated that a somewhat pessimistic outlook on marriage may be more conducive to good marital adjustment than an overly optimistic view. Differences between marital expectations of a second marriage for divorced females and males may be due to differences in the culturally defined sex roles of males and females.


Copyright 1977 Richard B. Madsen


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