Article

Love in cross-cultural perspective: Mozambique-France comparison

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 4, 2017, pages: 334–337
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1347754
Author(s): Germano Vera CruzUniversity of Toulouse Jean Jaurès, France

Abstract

The study aimed to characterise the conceptualisation of love in Mozambique (a collectivist society) and France (an individualistic society) on three attributes: passion, intimacy, and commitment. The study sample comprised 310 Mozambican adults (females = 57%; age range = 18-64) and 220 French adults (females = 54%; age range = 18-64). They completed 27 information scenarios on passion, intimacy, and commitment. The data were analysed utilising mixed-method estimation of the variance accounted for by the three components of love. Results indicated that for the Mozambican participants passion was the most important factor (46%) in love expression, followed by commitment (37%), and intimacy (17%). For the French participants, passion was the most important factor (50%), followed by intimacy (28%), and commitment (22%). Across countries, the weight given to passion was reported to decline over age while the weight assigned to commitment was reported to increase with age.

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