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
Volume7, No2
Publication Languageeng
AuthorsHasanagic, A, Draganovic, S
ISSN Number2303-6850

Numerous studies show that different cultures experience and express emotions in differentways. Some cultures tend to express emotions without restrictions while some others try tosuppress the overt expression of emotions. These differences are particularly more manifestwhen Eastern and Western cultures are compared. Defining love differs between differentcultures what makes it difficult to determine cultural differences in the concept of love. Thismight serve as a basis of prejudices about some nations in relation to how they perceivelove. The main aim of this study is to explore differences between Turkish and Bosnianstudents on triangular love scale. The term love is operationalized by Sternberg’s triangulartheory of love scale which includes intimacy, passion and commitment component of love.Using quasi-experimental design we tested gender differences, the length of current relationshipand correlation between them on overall scale and individual subscales. The sampleconsisted of 87 Turkish (22 males and 65 females) and 64 Bosnian students (23 males and41 females) total 151 students (N=151). Results of the study show statistically significantdifferences between Turkish and Bosnian students on two dimensions in Sternberg TriangularLove Scale, Intimacy and Passion. Bosnian students scored higher on these subscales.Study results suggest that there are no statistically significant differences between males andfemales in any subscale. The length of love relationship is positively correlated with intimacy,which indicates that the length of connections weakly associated with intimacy, andthat is not associated with the passion and the decision of commitment, suggesting longerrelationship does not mean more romantic relationship, and vice versa.