Brief report: Intimacy, passion, and commitment in romantic relationships-Validation of a 'triangular love scale' for adolescents

Geertjan Overbeek, Thao Ha, Ron Scholte, Raymond de Kemp, Rutger C.M.E. Engels

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Abstract

This study examined the psychometric properties of an adolescent version of the 'triangular love scale' (TLS), which assesses three components of romantic relationships: intimacy, passion, and commitment. Using data from 435 Dutch adolescents aged 12-18 years, we found evidence for convergent validity, showing that dimensions of intimacy, passion, and commitment were all positively correlated with relationship satisfaction and duration. Evidence was also found for divergent validity, as adolescents' perceptions of the main (dis)advantages of being involved in romantic relationships showed a specific pattern of associations with intimacy, passion, and commitment. Finally, CFA analyses in LISREL showed that a model in which all separate questionnaire items were specified to load on three underlying, correlated factors (intimacy, passion, commitment) fit the data adequately. Overall, this measure seems appropriate for use with adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-528
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Romantic relationships
  • Triangular love scale
  • Validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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