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The Relationship between mature of romantic love and development of self among university students : The analysis from self psychology theory and the relationship of romantic love consultation

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  • 大学生の恋愛の発達と自己の発達との関連 : 自己心理学的観点による分析と恋愛相談との関連

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This study aimed to examine the relationship between mature love and development of self among university students. In total, 352 university students completed three scales, namely the Constancy of Self-Structure scale, Scale of Immature/Mature Love, and Sense of Acceptance scale. We examined gender differences among 203 participants, who had prior experience of being in romantic relationships, using structural equation modeling. The results revealed that while both males and females displayed an obstructed development of self due to improper selfobject experiences, only females displayed obstructed mature romantic relationships due to improper development of self. We also found that the participants often needed empathetic responses and advice from their close ones regarding their romantic relationships. These findings suggest only partial confirmation of the hypothesis, which states that mature love is related to development of self. The task for future research is to examine the relationship between selfobject experiences with individuals other than caregivers, mature romantic relationships, and development of self.


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