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

Ana Vedes, Peter Hilpert, Fridtjof W. Nussbeck, Ashley Randall, Guy Bodenmann, Wolfgang R. Lind

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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 s for men.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)84-97
    Number of pages14
    JournalPersonal Relationships
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Anthropology
    • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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