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Exploring the Difference between Turkish and Bosnian Students in Triangular Love Scale

TitleExploring the Difference between Turkish and Bosnian Students in Triangular Love Scale
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsHasanagic, A, Draganovic, S
Volume7, No2
Start Page141
ISSN Number2303-6850

Numerous studies show that different cultures experience and express emotions in different
ways. Some cultures tend to express emotions without restrictions while some others try to
suppress the overt expression of emotions. These differences are particularly more manifest
when Eastern and Western cultures are compared. Defining love differs between different
cultures what makes it difficult to determine cultural differences in the concept of love. This
might serve as a basis of prejudices about some nations in relation to how they perceive
love. The main aim of this study is to explore differences between Turkish and Bosnian
students on triangular love scale. The term love is operationalized by Sternberg’s triangular
theory of love scale which includes intimacy, passion and commitment component of love.
Using quasi-experimental design we tested gender differences, the length of current relationship
and correlation between them on overall scale and individual subscales. The sample
consisted of 87 Turkish (22 males and 65 females) and 64 Bosnian students (23 males and
41 females) total 151 students (N=151). Results of the study show statistically significant
differences between Turkish and Bosnian students on two dimensions in Sternberg Triangular
Love Scale, Intimacy and Passion. Bosnian students scored higher on these subscales.
Study results suggest that there are no statistically significant differences between males and
females in any subscale. The length of love relationship is positively correlated with intimacy,
which indicates that the length of connections weakly associated with intimacy, and
that is not associated with the passion and the decision of commitment, suggesting longer
relationship does not mean more romantic relationship, and vice versa.