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The Psychometrics Centre

Cambridge Judge Business School

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.

The GRIMS is published by the Psychometrics Centre and available for online administration in a variety of languages. The cost is £15 GBP per administration. A minimum order of 10 tokens applies. Please contact us to order.

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
  • Communication
  • 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

GRIMS Publications

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 discordJournal 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 practiceSexual and Marital Therapy, 2(2), 127-130.

Rust, J., Bennun, I., Crowe, M. and Golombok, S. (1986) The Golombok Rust Inventory of Marital StateSexual 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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