chapter  3
The Assessment of Marital Happiness
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It appears that the two most important aspects of marital happiness are sexual satisfaction and feelings oflove. However, Orden and Bradburn (1968) and Marini (1976) did not include in their marital happiness scales any item which directly concerned itself with these two basic aspects. With regard to sexual satisfaction Orden and Bradburn stated that they used indirect questions for examining this aspect of marital life because direct questions in a personal interview about this intimate area of marital life may lead to invalid responses. This argument may be applied also to almost all areas of marital life because they too are very personal and intimate. However, the indirect questions may lead to less valid responses since the questions may not examine what they were designed to examine.