Intimacy, Passion and Commitment in Adult Romantic Relationships: A Test of the Triangular Theory of Love

  title={Intimacy, Passion and Commitment in Adult Romantic Relationships: A Test of the Triangular Theory of Love},
  author={Michele Acker and Mark H. A. Davis},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  pages={21 - 50}
Predictions derived from Sternberg's (1986) Triangular Theory of Love were tested. Two-hundred- and-four adults completed questionnaires assessing several constructs, including each of the three components of the theory: intimacy, passion and commitment. Results indicated mixed support for the Triangular Theory. As expected, self-reported levels of commitment were higher for the respondents in more serious (i.e. married vs unmarried) relationships. The predicted decline over time in passion… 
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