Psychometric Evaluation of a Korean Translation of the DAS
Spanier’s (1976) Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS) is a measure of relationship satisfaction. As a replication of Lee and Kim’s (1996) study of the Korean version of the DAS (K-DAS) conducted in Korea, this study investigated psychometric properties of the K-DAS to determine the applicability of this measure for Korean immigrants in the United States. This study also examined marital satisfaction in relation to demographic factors. The sample included 160 married Korean immigrants. The K-DAS produced one strong factor, marital satisfaction, and the original subscales were invalid. The level of internal consistency as the whole scale was adequate (.94). The K-DAS scores showed significant negative correlations with length of marriage and length of stay in the United States. Men’s scores were significantly higher than women’s although both groups’ scores fell within the satisfied range. Although K-DAS scores were not correlated with cultural values alone, a post hoc analysis revealed that the K-DAS scores of women with more traditional Asian values were significantly lower. Men’s scores were unrelated to cultural values. The results indicate that the K-DAS is a reliable and valid measure of marital satisfaction, which can be best used as a global index.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Clements, Mari L.
Marital status, Korean Americans, Koreans, Married people, Immigrants, Cultural assimilation
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