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History of Psychology: America’s First eHarmony

By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
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History of Psychology: Americas First eHarmonyIt all started with the Marital Rating Scale.

Physician and psychologist George W. Crane, MD, PhD (1901-95) created a questionnaire called the Marital Rating Scale in the 1930s to help couples assess their marriages. (Crane maintained a private practice and wrote the newspaper column “The Worry Clinic.”)

According to an article in APA’s Monitor on Psychology, to create his scale, Crane asked 600 husbands about their wives’ positive and negative attributes. (Husbands were also questioned, so there’s a scale for them, too.) Then he listed the 50 qualities that came up most often. While Crane tried to make the process scientific, he “did admit to using a personal bias in weighting the items that he thought were most important in marriage.”

How did the scale work?

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History of Psychology: America’s First eHarmony

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  1. Some of the merits for men still make sense for today’s culture. However, the demerits for women of the time confuse me. If I don’t get to bed when my husband does it’s usually because there is still work that needs doing such as laundry, dishes or clean up. If a woman went to bed with curlers and face cream, didn’t it mean that she took care of herself? I thought it was important to men of the time to have a wife that he could be proud of when he was out with her. It seems like those women should have gotten more MERITS!! :)

    Ms Morae

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