Love Attitudes Scale: Short Form

Author of Tool: 

Hendrick, Hendrick, & Dicke

Key references: 

Hendrick, C., Hendrick, S. S., & Dicke, A. (1998). The love attitudes scale: short form. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 15, 147-159.  

Hendrick, C., & Hendrick, S. S. (1990). A relationship-specific version of the love attitudes scale. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 5, 239-254. 

Hendrick, C., & Hendrick, S. S. (1989). Research on love: Does it measure up? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 56, 784-794. 

Lee, J. A. (1973). The colors of love: An exploration of the ways of loving. Don Mills, Ontario: New Press. 

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Love Attitudes Scale- Short Form was developed as a brief measure of love styles.


It has been proposed that while some aspects of love are the same in all cases that the experience of love may be quite different for different individuals. Lee (1973) proposed that many different love styles exist.  These include Eros, or romantic passionate love, Ludus, game-playing love, Storge, friendship love, Mania, possessive and dependent love, Pragma, logical love, and Agape, or selfless love.  The Love Attitudes Scale- Short Form was designed as a measure of love-styles and is based on Lee's (1976) love typology. The scale is composed of six 7-item subscales: Eros, Ludus, Storge, Pragma, Mania, and Agape. The scale items are scored on five-point likert scale that ranges from strongly agree to strongly disagree.   


The psychometric properties of the scale are presented in Hendrick and colleagues (1998).



Other Information: 

Other keywords: love, love style, relationship, marriage

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