Love styles, coping, and relationship satisfaction: A dyadic approach

Ana Vedes, Peter Hilpert, Fridtjof W. Nussbeck, Ashley Randall, Guy Bodenmann, Wolfgang R. Lind

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Abstract

Romantic partners have different attitudes on what love is and what it means to be in a romantic relationship. These attitudes are conceptualized as love styles that relate to relationship-maintenance behaviors and relationship satisfaction. Specifically, love styles could be associated with how partners cope with stress (dyadic coping), which in turn may be associated with relationship satisfaction. Using self-report data from 92 heterosexual couples, findings showed that: (a) eros and agape love styles have positive direct effects on dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction, whereas ludus has a negative direct effect on dyadic coping and relationship satisfaction and (b) dyadic coping partially mediated the association between love styles and relationship satisfaction. Overall, associations were s for men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-97
Number of pages14
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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    Vedes, A., Hilpert, P., Nussbeck, F. W., Randall, A., Bodenmann, G., & Lind, W. R. (2016). Love styles, coping, and relationship satisfaction: A dyadic approach. Personal Relationships, 23(1), 84-97. https://doi.org/10.1111/pere.12112