Marital Partners' Traits, Psychological Processes in Marriage, and Marriage Characteristics as Predictors of Love in Marriage

Josip Obradović, Mira Čudina Obradović


This study was conducted to determine the predictors of
marital love. Sternberg's Triangular Theory of Love (1986) is
used as a starting point. Accordingly, a theoretical model
that consists of four groups of level 1 predictor variables and
a group of level 2 variables is used. The dependent variables
in the model include the three dimensions of love: Passion,
Intimacy, and Commitment. The research was conducted among 884 married couples from different parts of Croatia.
The results show that married women are less passionate
and that marriage partners' passion in marriage is greater at
the beginning of the marriage without children and when
there is a mutual physical attraction between partners.
Married women report less intimacy while greater marital
intimacy was present in marriages where there is greater
partner support. Unlike passion, the experience of intimacy
does not vary at different marital stages. Women show less
commitment and partners' commitment to marriage is
greater when there is greater emotional stability of both
partners, greater mutual physical attraction, and partner
support. At the end of the paper, limitations on making
firmer conclusions based only on the present study are


marital stages; intimacy; passion; commitment; love in marriage

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