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

Vedes, Ana, Hilpert, Peter, Nussbeck, Fridtjof W, Randall, Ashley K, Bodenmann, Guy and Lind, Wolfgang R (2016) Love styles, coping, and relationship satisfaction: A dyadic approach Personal Relationships, 23 (1). pp. 84-97.

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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 stronger for women than for men.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Vedes, Ana
Nussbeck, Fridtjof W
Randall, Ashley K
Bodenmann, Guy
Lind, Wolfgang R
Date : 14 January 2016
DOI : 10.1111/pere.12112
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2016 IARR. This is the peer reviewed version of an article which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Uncontrolled Keywords : love styles, dyadic coping, relationship satisfaction, actor-partner interdependence model, mediation
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 05 Sep 2018 09:43
Last Modified : 05 Sep 2018 09:43

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