First Advisor

Gerald Guthrie

Term of Graduation

Summer 1986

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology






Caring, Need (Psychology), Love, Interpersonal relations



Physical Description

1 online resource (3, 43 pages)


The present study examines the roles need and care play in such positive interpersonal attitudes as love, liking, attraction, and friendship, by both replicating and extending a 1982 study by Steck, Levitan, McLane, and Kelley. Subjects were presented with slightly revised Rubin Love Scales which were filled out as if by persons involved in relationships, and were asked to judge how much each hypothetical person loved, liked, was attracted to, and felt friendly toward their partner. In fact, the love scales had been divided into three components, i.e. need, care, and trust, and were filled out with each component at a specific level. Nine patterns were devised using all possible combinations of high, medium, and low levels of care and need, and holding trust at a constant medium level.


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