Companionate Love Scale


Author of Tool: 

Hatfield, E., Rapson, R.

Key references: 

Hatfield, E., & Rapson, R. (1996). Love and sex: Cross-cultural perspectives. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Hatfield, E., & Rapson, R. L. (l993). Love, sex, and intimacy: Their psychology, biology, and history. New York: HarperCollins.

Primary use / Purpose: 

To assess levels of companionate love.


Targeting an area of research that has long been dominated by Western scientists, Elaine Hatfield and Richard L. Rapson tell a new and updated story of love and sex in the modern world. With the advent of technology that is progressively shrinking our global community, the authors aim to assess how intimate relationships are carried out in a wide array of societies. The approach is multidisciplinary and cross-cultural, appealing to students of psychology, anthropology, sociology, history, literature, and art. A strong research base and an appealing narrative style characterise this ideal supplementary text. They introduce the Companionate Love Scale, a measure designed to assess the presence and degree of compassionate love in a relationship.  


For information on reliability and validity of the scale see: Hatfield, E., & Rapson, R. (1996). Love and sex: Cross-cultural perspectives. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon. 



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