Correlational findings

Study Yancey & Eastman (1995): study US 1993

Adults, aged 30-83, USA
Survey name
Unnamed study
N = 215
Non Response

Not reported


Authors's Label
Love 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 = MEN
                   Life satisfaction
A Storge love          -.08 (ns)
B Agapic love          +.12 (ns)
C Maniac love          -.04 (ns)
D Pragmatic love       +.06 (ns)
E Ludic love           -.22 (05)
F Erotic love          +.17 (ns)
O-SL?-?-sq-v-5-e r = WOMEN
                   Life satisfaction
A Storge love          +.07 (ns)
B Agapic love          +.04 (ns)
C Maniac love          -.24 (05)
D Pragmatic love       +.26 (05)
E Ludic love           -.19 (05)
F Erotic love          +.04 (ns)