Correlational findings

Study Yancey & Berglass (1991): study US Texas 1989

Undergraduate students, Austin, Texas, USA
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 140
Non Response

Not reported


Authors's Label
Lov style
Our Classification
SAMPLE-Profile test: Laswell and Laswell, 1976
Related specification variables
6 love-styles:
A Storge lover: friendship love, prefers slowly developing relationships
B Agapic: altruistic selfless love, a combination of passionate, intensely felt emotinal love and storgic love
C Maniac: combination of erotic and ludic love, producing a possesive obsession toward the beloved.
D Pragmatic: a combination of erotic and ludic love producing a 'shopping list' approach' to love.
E Ludic: Love conceived as a game to be played with many partners and little commitment.
F Erotic: A passionate, intensely felt emotional love.
To assess these 6 love-styles respondents had to fill in a 50-question tru-false test, the SAMPLE Profile test. Testing occurred in 2 sessions with 70 repondents each.
Relative scores were used for this analysis: they were obtained by subtracting the mean of each subject's 6 norm scores from his norm score for a particular love scale, and then dividing the remainder by the standard deviation of his 6 norm scores.

Observed Relation with Happiness

Happiness Measure Statistics Elaboration / Remarks O-SL?-?-sq-v-5-e r = +/- ALL
                   Life satisfaction
A Storge love          +.17 (05)
B Agapic love          +.20 (05)
C Maniac love          -.30 (05)
D Pragmatic love       -.03 (ns)
E Ludic love           -.08 (ns)
F Erotic love          -.01 (ns)
O-SL?-?-sq-v-5-e r = +/- WOMEN
                   Life satisfaction
A Storge love          +.10 (ns)
B Agapic love          +.22 (05)
C Maniac love          -.28 (05)
D Pragmatic love       +.12 (ns)
E Ludic love           -.25 (05)
F Erotic love          +.06 (ns)
O-SL?-?-sq-v-5-e r = +/- MEN
                   Life satisfaction
A Storge love          +.33 (05)
B Agapic love          +.14 (ns)
C Maniac love          -.34 (05)
D Pragmatic love       -.34 (05)
E Ludic love           +,33 (05)
F Erotic love          -.20 (ns)