The GRIMS is a 28-item questionnaire that assesses the quality of the relationship between a married or cohabiting couple. It has been particularly designed to be sensitive to change in a relationship over time. The GRIMS is used by relationship counsellors, marriage guidance counsellors and other relationship professionals to monitor the progress of their clients, and also in research.
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In constructing the GRIMS the views of experts were collated, reviewed and structured to produce a two-dimensional test specification for the following areas:
- Interests shared
- Warmth, love and hostility
- Trust and respect
- Roles, expectations and goals
- Decision making
- Coping with problems and crises
- Insight into the nature of relationships
- Behaviour within the relationship
- Attitudes and feelings about the relationship
- Motivation for change
- Extent of agreement between partners
Rust, J. & Golombok, S. (2010) The Golombok Rust Inventory of Marital State: A reflection, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 25(1), 54-56.
Rust, J., Bennun, I. Crowe, M. and Golombok, S. (1990) The GRIMS: A psychometric instrument for the assessment of marital discord. Journal of Family Therapy, 12, 45-57.
Rust, J and Goldstein J. H. (1989) Humour in marital adjustment. Humor: Internationsl Journal of Humor Research, 2(3), 217-223.
Rust, J., Golombok, S. and Collier, J. (1988) Marital problems and sexual dysfunction: How are they related? British Journal of Psychiatry, 152, 629-631.
Rust, J., Golombok, S and Pickard, C. (1987) Marital problems in general practice, Sexual and Marital Therapy, 2(2), 127-130.
Rust, J., Bennun, I., Crowe, M. and Golombok, S. (1986) The Golombok Rust Inventory of Marital State, Sexual and Marital Therapy, 1(1), 55-60.
The Golombok Rust Inventory of Marital State is a companion questionnaire to the Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction.
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