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A Study of Love Schemas, Affinity-seeking and Reactions to a Romantic Break-up of Senior High and Vocational School Students in Taiwan

A Study of Love Schemas, Affinity-seeking and Reactions to a Romantic Break-up of Senior High and Vocational School Students in Taiwan

Method: We asked 553 participants to recall the affinity-seeking strategies employed to initiate a romantic relationship and reactions to a romantic break-up and compared those strategies to their self-reported love schemas. In this study, a questionnaire data collection method, the use of tools included “love fundamental mode scale”, “seek goodwill style scale” and “breakup coping strategies scale” and the survey data analysis used computer statistical software package SPSS 18.0 descriptive statistics, independent sample t test, ANOVA and multiple regression tests.

Results: Consistent with previous studies, relationships among love schemas, affinity-seeking behaviors and reactions to a romantic break-up were found, indicating that male students and female students relied on somewhat different strategies for affinity-seeking behaviors and reactions to a romantic break-up. Over schemas were also found to be correlated with the coping strategies employed in affinity-seeking and reactions to a romantic break-up.

Conclusions: Implications of these results suggest that love schemas were good indicators to predict the strategies for affinity-seeking behaviors and reactions to a romantic break-up, and could be useful reference to promote affective education in senior high school in Taiwan. Limitations of the study and avenues for future research will be discussed.