The Marital Rating Scale

From the 1930s, written by Dr George Crane.

The test was designed to give couples feedback on their marriages. Either husbands or wives could take the test, which rated wives in a variety of areas. For instance, if your wife “uses slang or profanity,” she would get a score of five demerits. On the other hand, if she “reacts with pleasure and delight to marital congress,” she would receive 10 merits. The test taker would add up the total number of merits and demerits to receive a raw score, which would categorize the wife on a scale from “very poor” to “very superior.”

Although most people who read the test today find it humorous and obviously dated, Crane did attempt to make it scientific. His method was to interview 600 husbands on their wives’ positive and negative qualities. Then he listed the 50 demerits and merits that arose most frequently. Crane, did admit to using a personal bias in weighting the items that he thought were most important in marriage.

Going to Church gets 10 merits. While only the first page of each test seems to be available, would be interesting to do. Wonder if this was used for Christian marriage counselling?

I think the Exclusive Brethren would probably use this today in their marriage counselling.

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