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“Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test: Is It Still Relevant for the 1990s?” Article by: Mark H. Freeston and Michel Plechaty. Presented by: Nakia Williams, Jennice Pamilton, Fatima Coley, and Elisabeth Hopkins. History of the Test. Widely used over last 30 years

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presented by nakia williams jennice pamilton fatima coley and elisabeth hopkins

“Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test: Is It Still Relevant for the 1990s?”Article by: Mark H. Freeston and Michel Plechaty

Presented by: Nakia Williams, Jennice Pamilton, Fatima Coley, and Elisabeth Hopkins

history of the test
History of the Test
  • Widely used over last 30 years
  • 15 items
  • General satisfaction, agreement/disagreement on certain issues, relationship style
  • Recently been criticized (last 20 years)

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

purpose of this review
Purpose of this Review

To examine:

  • Reliability and Validity
  • Factor analysis
  • Item analyses
  • Cutting-score validation
  • Separate analyses of men and women (generalizability)

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

subjects
Subjects

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

methods
Methods
  • Each group received a package containing a demographic data questionnaire, the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test (LWMAT), and other relationship questionnaires
  • All groups were required to take the LWMAT
  • Participants’ scores on the LWMAT were used to analyze the test

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

results
Results
  • Adequate reliability: men and women
  • Adequate test-retest stability
  • Indicated criterion-related or known-groups validity
  • Validation of traditional cutting-score
  • Factor structure: unifactorial and stable: men and women
  • Item analyses: different for men and women

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

conclusions
Conclusions
  • There is still life left! (still relevant)
  • Appropriate for clinical and research settings
  • Reliable and valid as a rapid and broadly defined adjustment scale
  • Convergent validity
  • Empirically adequate, but is it conceptually adequate?

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

interesting points
Interesting Points
  • LWMAT has 15 items and each are weighted differently
  • The concept of rapid assessment tests (What determines “rapid” tests? Number of questions? Difficulty?)
  • Analysis of LWMAT across genders and types of couples

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

three weak or unclear arguments
Three Weak or Unclear Arguments
  • Content validity of the LWMAT
  • Generalizabilty (samples)
  • The concepts of factor structures vs. factor analyses were not clearly defined or compared

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

your questions your comments your concerns
Your Questions? Your Comments? Your Concerns?

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

our questions for you
Our Questions for You
  • Do you think rapid assessment tests are effective? (Is 15 questions enough?)
  • Was it wise for the authors to divide 2 of the sample groups into “satisfied” and “unsatisfied” considering the possibility that adjustment and satisfaction might be related?
  • Do you think an assessment created 30 years ago can adequately measure a 2004 marriage, including same-sex marriages?

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.

thank you very much
Thank You Very Much!

Freeston, M.H., & Plechaty, M. (1997). Reconsideration of the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Test:

Is it still relevant for the 1990s. Psychological Reports, 81, 419-434.