Authors, year, paper, type of study



Cultural context

Sampling and procedure

Variables and their measures

Acevedo & Aron (2009).

Review of General Psychology


To examine correlations of love without obsession and obsessive love with relationship satisfaction, separately by relationship stage and by constructs of love

Samples of college students, both in short-term group (relationship length overall was less than 4 years) and long-term group (typically married 10 years or more)

25 Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies

Love styles

Romantic love with obsession, intimacy

Companionate love

Relationship satisfaction

All variables measured by validate tools

Adil & Kamal (2005).

Indian Psychological

Empirical research

To examine associations of love styles with secure, preoccupied, dismissing attachment styles and narcissism

150 Individuals

75 Girls and 75 Boys

Age = 22.5 years (DS 2.75)

Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad

Participants were personally contacted by researchers. And informed about objectives, privacy and instructions

Love styles

Attachment bond


All variables measured by validate tools

Couch, Baughman & Derow (2016). Current Psychology

Empirical research

To investigate whether love styles influence individual differences in reactions to experiences of betrayal

207 college student volunteers 117 Females

Age = 20 years (range 18 - 48 years)

Betrayals occurred 2.27 years prior to research participation;

The majority were no longer romantically involved with their betrayers 92% Caucasian race

The research was part of a larger study

Participants were each greeted by a researcher.

Individual administration of questionnaire.

Love styles

Post-betrayal outcomes

All variables measured by validate tools

Fehr, Harasymchuk

& Sprecher (2014).

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Empirical research

To analyze if compassionate love (CL) and the agape love style are redundant constructs.

To examine if CL and Agape are predictors of relational satisfaction and commitment

115 psychology students

59 Females

Age = 20 years (range 18 - 35 years)

51.3% middle class

77% White race

44.3% were seriously dating

24.3% were cohabiting

Length of relationship = 20.46 months (range 5 - 84)

Winnipeg, Illinois State

It was administered a questionnaire package

Love styles

Compassionate love

Relationship satisfaction

All variables measured by validate tools

Galinha, Oishi, Pereira, Wirtz & Esteves (2014).

Social Indicators Research

Empirical research

To analyze simultaneously the associations of love styles, attachment styles, romantic relationship experiences with subjective well-being (SWB).

Cross-cultural and gender differences in the predictors of SWB

1.582 college students from three different countries

From 43% to 63% females in the three samples

Ages = 19 - 23 years

North Carolina, (USA), Maputo, Mozambique (Africa) Lisbon, (Portugal Europe)

Convenience sampling method. English and Portuguese version of the scales.

Pre-test to evaluate the comprehension of the questionnaire by the Mozambicans. Participation took around 30 - 40 min.

Relationship experience (by item ad hoc)

Love styles


Subjective Well-being

All these variables measured by validate tools