Exploring expressions of marital love prototype among married urban Malays

Suzana Mohd Hoesni, I. H M Hashim, Sarah Waheeda Muhammad Hafidz

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The aim of this study is to explore the prototype for expressions of marital love among urban Malays. This study applies the process for developing prototypes of love which was adapted by Fehr (1988). Questionnaire consisting of questions relating to personal background, relationship background and list of expressions of marital love were presented to 600 working married urban Malays. Data were analyzed using Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and found that the list for prototype expressions of marital love were fit using the three component definition as suggested by Sternberg (1986), specifically, intimacy to intimate-sharing expressions, commitment to commitment-faith expressions and passion to romantic-physical expressions. Results showed that expressions for marital love which involve intimate-sharing expressions (e.g. listening to spouse's emotional outpourings, encouraging spouse, solving problems with spouse) were most desirable compared to romantic-physical expressions which were less desirable (e.g. holding spouse's waist, giving spouse a massage, caressing spouse). Findings suggest future studies on love within marriage should consider cultural aspects and application of implicit theory as suggested by Fehr (1988).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-256
Number of pages12
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2013

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Keywords

  • Expressions of love
  • Marital love
  • Marriage
  • Prototype
  • Urban Malays

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Exploring expressions of marital love prototype among married urban Malays. / Mohd Hoesni, Suzana; Hashim, I. H M; Muhammad Hafidz, Sarah Waheeda.

In: Asian Social Science, Vol. 9, No. 2, 28.01.2013, p. 245-256.

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Mohd Hoesni, Suzana ; Hashim, I. H M ; Muhammad Hafidz, Sarah Waheeda. / Exploring expressions of marital love prototype among married urban Malays. In: Asian Social Science. 2013 ; Vol. 9, No. 2. pp. 245-256.
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