Title

Sex differences in romantic love attitudes among college students.

Department

Psychological Sciences

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Psychological reports

Publication Date

1993-01-01

Volume

73

Issue

1

First Page

15

Last Page

18

Abstract

Previous research, using factor analysis, derived seven dimensions of romantic love. We sought to address whether these dimensions differed in importance for women and men. Specifically, it was hypothesized that women would consider Marriage and Family, Traditional Romantic Behavior, Routine Activities, and Religion, and men would consider Sexual Behavior, Aberrant Sex, and Drugs as more romantic. These specific predictions were seen as consistent with the 'double standard' regarding sex, i.e., it should be more important for men, and with an earlier theory we developed in which it was argued that in addition to the 'double standard' for sex, security-related stimuli should be more important for women. The results were entirely consistent with our predictions.

DOI

10.2466/pr0.1993.73.1.15

https://doi.org/10.2466/pr0.1993.73.1.15

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