The Japanese Journal of Personality
Online ISSN : 1349-6174
Print ISSN : 1348-8406
ISSN-L : 1348-8406
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Motivation for Forming and Maintaining Romantic Relationships, Trust in Close Relationships, and Intimacy
Daisuke Nakai
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2020 Volume 29 Issue 2 Pages 78-90


The present study aimed to examine the correlates of students’ motivation for forming romantic relationships, trust in their romantic partner, and intimacy among adolescents. Undergraduates (N=185) who were currently in romantic relationships completed a questionnaire. The results were as follows. (a) Exploratory factor analysis of the scale for students’ motivation for forming romantic relationships revealed 4 factors: “intrinsic regulation,” “identified regulation,” “internalized regulation,” and “external regulation.” (b) The scale for students’ trust in their romantic partner revealed 4 factors: “evaluation of role accomplishment,” “sense of security,” “distrust,” and “difficulty.” (c) A high level of intrinsic regulation was related to a high level of sense of security and a high level of intimacy. (d) The correlations differed according to the students’ gender.

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