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University students responded to a questionnaire designed to permit the analysis of subjects' beliefs about the likelihood and desirability of love, sex, or intimacy given all possible combinations of the presence or absence of the three variables. Love and intimacy were believed to be closely related, each more likely and desirable in the presence of the other. Sex was considered undesirable unless both of the other components to a relationship were present and more likely than desirable in their absence. The presence of sex in the absence of love was considered to reduce the likelihood of intimacy. These and other findings permit a description of the pattern of expectations and ideals which may condition the formation of romantic relationships and affect the reaction to experience in such relationships.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 1984

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