Juvenile Love Scale (JLS)


Author of Tool: 

Hatfield & Young

Key references: 

Hatfield, E. & Young, D. (2009). The juvenile love scale: A child’s version of the passionate love scale. In Fisher, T. D., C. M. Davis, W. L. Yaber, & S. L. Davis (Eds.), Handbook of sexuality-related measures (3rd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Taylor & Francis.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The JLS is equivalent to the Passionate Love Scale (PLS) but is designed for use with children aged 3 to 18. It measures cognitive, affective and behavioural components of passionate love or a “crush”.


The Passionate Love Scale (PLS) was first designed in 1986 for adults. As the experience of passionate love can also occur in childhood and adolescence, the PLS was adapted for use with children and adolescence. This adaptation is called the Juvenile Love Scale (JLS).


Reliability and convergent validity are confirmed in Greenwell (1983).



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