Scale Descriptions

Many different theoretical positions have been offered as the most reasonable way to define love. Sternberg and Barnes (1988) offers an excellent collection of these views. Since there is no general agreement as to the best way to operationally define love, it seems important to clarify the underlying theoretical constructs in the LFI scales. It is important to remember that the context for the LFI is one’s ability to engage in intimate loving interpersonal relationship: not the ability to fall into romantic love. In general, an integration of psychological and spiritual concepts are used in the development of the various scales.