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A questionnaire was developed based on findings in experimental studies and from clinical speculation that various internal states and/or external conditions facilitate romantic attraction. 305 subjects responded to thirty items which were submitted to a principal components factor analysis and four factors emerged accounting for 50.5% of the variance. The four facilitators are distress, identity enhancement, aging and social pressures, and sexual desire. The internal consistency of the four scales were .82, .78, .80 and .86 respectively. As predicted, experience of intensification of any of the facilitators was found to be significantly related to lovestyle. Subjects experiencing an intensification of distress report more agapic interactions, those experiencing an intensification of identity enhancement report more mania, those experiencing an intensification of aging fears and social expectations report a more pragmatic lovestyle and subjects experiencing an intensification of sexual desire report less friendship interactions and more erotic lovestyle than those not experiencing an intensification on the respective facilitator. Future research might employ the facilitators of romantic relationships to account for partner choice and satisfaction.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 1992

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