Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Depression is a debilitating mental illness that entails much more than just sadness. In an attempt to discover if there is a relationship between experience of love and depression, a survey was created to assess these variables. The survey included the Experience of Love Questionnaire (ELQ), an author-developed scale, and the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale (Radloffi 1977). The ELQ consisted of three subscales measuring experience of love in family, friends, and romantic relationships. The hypothesis of this study was that there would be a negative correlation between experience of love and depression. The survey was completed by 103 participants and the results revealed a correlation between the two variables. The correlation was significant in the friend and family ELQs but, surprisingly, not in the romantic relationship ELQ. This was unexpected, so romantic relationships were further analyzed, revealing that there was a significant correlation, but only in the married part of the sample. These results could lead to a belief that it is possible to decrease depressive symptoms f relationships and perceptions of love improve.
BF1 .M63 v. 21 no. 1 2015
Hill, Laura and Flanagan, Cherisse
"Love is a battlefield: experience of love in relation to depression,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 21
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol21/iss1/5