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Romantic Love and Sexual Expression

Melvin L. Wilkinson
The Family Coordinator
Vol. 27, No. 2 (Apr., 1978), pp. 141-148
DOI: 10.2307/581829
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/581829
Page Count: 8
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Romantic Love and Sexual Expression
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Abstract

The theory that there exists a relationship between romantic love and sexual blockage was once widely accepted, but has recently been ignored. The theory is poorly conceptualized and its implications are misunderstood. The author defines the terms and clarifies the relationship. He then examines 24 cultures and finds a strong correlation between the variables. Historical analysis also supports the theory. Evidence is presented that romantic love in the U.S. is declining as permissiveness increases. The implications of the theory for marriage are discussed.

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