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Short Triangular Love Scale for Adolescents and Adults

Description

12-item scale that measures three elements of love: passion, intimacy and commitment. The scale is adapted from the triangular love scale for adolescents (Overbeek et al., 2007). The current scale can be used among adolescents and adults (Adolescent/Youth: 12-17 years of age; Adult: 18 years of age or older). Three versions are available depending the respondent’s  relationship status. Cronbach’s alphas for the three subscales are high. 

Location

Sumter, S.R., Valkenburg, P.M., & Peter, J. (accepted for publication).
Perceptions of Love across the Lifespan: Differences in Passion, Intimacy, and
Commitment. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

References

Overbeek, G., Ha, T., Scholte, R., de Kemp, R., & Engels, R. (2007). Brief
report: Intimacy, passion, and commitment in romantic relationships –
Validation of a ‘triangular love scale’ for adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 30,
523–528.

Filter question

We recommend to include the following filter question. Please describe your current relationship status?
a. I am currently dating, married or in a stable relationship - Go to version 1
b. I currently don't have a partner, but I have dated, been married or had a stable  relationship - Go to version 2          
c. I have never dated nor been in a stable relationship - Go to version 3

Instructions

We want to know what you think about love and relationships. Please indicate
how much the statements below apply to you. (Response options: very true, true, partly true/partly untrue, untrue, very untrue)

Version 1 - in romantic relationship

Adolescents are asked to think about the person they  are currently dating or are in a relationship with. Adult are asked to think about their (marital) partner.

Passion
I feel a strong attraction to my partner.
I feel sexually aroused by my partner.
I find my partner sexually attractive.
My partner and I clearly show each other our love.

Initmacy
My partner and I always tell each other personal things.
I tell my partner everything.
My partner and I tell each other all our secrets.
My partner understands how I feel.

Commitment
I want my relationship to be neverending.
I never want to have another partner.
I want the relationship with my partner to last forever.
I am rather with my partner than with anyone else.

Version 2 - with romantic relationship experience, but currently not involved

Adolescents are asked to think about their former girlfriend or boyfriend. Adults are asked to think about their former (marriage) partner.

Passion
I felt strongly attracted to my partner.
I felt sexually aroused by my partner.
I found my partner sexually attractive.
My partner and I clearly showed each other our love.

Intimacy
My partner and I always told each other personal things.
I told my partner everything.
My partner and I told each other all our secrets.
My partner understood how I felt.

Commitment
I wanted my relationship to be neverending.
I never wanted to have another partner
I wanted the relationship with my partner to last forever.
I was rather with my partner than with anyone else.

Version 3 - with no romantic relationship experience

Adolescents are asked to think about a future girlfriend/boyfriend. Adults are asked to think about a future (marriage)partner.

Passion
I want to feel strongly attracted to my partner.
I want to feel sexually aroused by my partner.
I want to find my partner sexually attractive.
My partner and I will clearly show each other our love.

Intimacy
My partner and I always will tell each other personal things.
I will tell my partner everything.
My partner and I will tell each other all our secrets.
My partner will understand how I feel.

Commitment
I would want my relationship to be never-ending.
I would never want to have another partner. I would want the relationship with my partner to last forever.
I would rather be with my partner than with anyone else.