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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

21

Number

1

Page Numbers

pages 25-33

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2015

Abstract

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.

Subject

Psychology

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

9 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 21 no. 1 2015

Rights

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Psychology Commons

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