Love attitudes and relationship experience

Georgina S Hammock, Deborah Ruth Richardson

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The present study examined the association of love attitudes with the initiation, maintenance, and dissolution of relationships. Respondents completed the Love Attitudes Scale and a questionnaire designed to measure experiences at each stage of relationship development. Ludus was relevant to all stages of relationship development; ludic attitudes were associated with absence of concern for partner loyalty, short and uncommitted relationships, and positive feelings about relationship dissolution. Pragma was associated primarily with relationship initiation (i.e., selection of an appropriate partner). Agape and Mania were most apparent during maintenance, as evidenced by relationships with indicators of involvement and loyalty. Agape, Mania, and Eros related to negative emotions at the point of relationship dissolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)608-624
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


  • dissolution
  • initiation
  • love attitudes
  • maintenance
  • relationship stages

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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