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Q: study on love and passion ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   6 Comments )
Subject: study on love and passion
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: sylk-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 21 May 2003 17:15 PDT
Expires: 20 Jun 2003 17:15 PDT
Question ID: 207067
exact primary reference for study by Professor Cindy Hazan of Cornell
University where she interviewed 5000 subjects cross-culturally about
how long actual sexual love lasts--study where she said love lasts
only about 30 months.

Request for Question Clarification by techtor-ga on 21 May 2003 23:17 PDT
Greetings Silk,
I hope you don't mind my asking, but I haven't an idea of the primary
reference you are looking for. Do you mean another study that was
perused by Prof. Hazan before she conducted her study? Thanks.

Clarification of Question by sylk-ga on 22 May 2003 11:31 PDT
Dear techtor,
 Thanks so much for your prompt reponse to my question.  I want the
Hazan reference itself--i.e. where she published this study of 5000
people--exact reference for that.  In the lay literature, there is
reference to the study, but no exact reference of her publication. 
That is what I mean by primary source--that is, not where someone else
quotes her but her study itself.

Request for Question Clarification by aceresearcher-ga on 22 May 2003 17:11 PDT
Greetings, sylk!

Just to clarify:

For your $50 fee, do you require the full text of this study, or just
the details on when and where it was published?



Clarification of Question by sylk-ga on 04 Jun 2003 13:33 PDT
Any response yet about Cindy Hazan's primary reference?  A reseacher
was going to contact Cindy Hazan (I think she is at Cornell
University)--haven't had any activity in weeks.  Please help find this
Thank you,
Sylvia Karasu, M.D.

Request for Question Clarification by cath-ga on 05 Jun 2003 13:16 PDT
Hi Sylvia,

I contacted Hazan and her assistant today, so far no response. 
The University PR dept. tells me she hates the media because
the study got her a lot of negative reaction. However, they
promised to get back to me with the citation on Monday.

Request for Question Clarification by cath-ga on 05 Jun 2003 13:22 PDT
If you are in a greater hurry than that, I have a list of nine of her
published articles. The two 1994 articles seem to be the
most likely. Here they all are:

Hazan, C., & Zeifman, D. (1994) Sex and the psychological tether. Pp
17-52 in K. Bartholomew & D. Perlman Advances in Personal
Relationships (Volume 5). London: Jessica Kingsley.

Kirkpatrick, L. A., & Hazan, C. (1994) Attachment styles and close
relationships: A four-year prospective study. Personal Relationships,
1, 123-142.

Kobak, R. R., & Hazan, C. (1991) Attachment in marriage: Effects of
security and accuracy of working models. Journal of Personality and
Social Psychology, 60, 861-869.

Hazan, C., & Hutt, M. J. (1990) Continuity and change in inner working
models of attachment. Presented at the 5th International Conferance on
Personal Relationships, Oxford, England, July 1990.

Hazan, C., & Shaver, P. (1990) Love and work: An
attachment-theoretical perspective. Journal of Personality and Social
Psychology, 59(2), 270-280.

Brennan, K. A., Shaver, P., & Hazan, C. (1989) Multi-item measure of
adult attachment style. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the
Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Shaver, P., & Hazan, C. (1988) A biased overview of the study of love.
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 5, 473-510.

Hazan, C., & Shaver, P. (1987) Romantic Love Conceptualized as an
Attachment Process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,
52(3), 511-524.

List of references by Hazan, Cindy - Copyright  2003 Richard J.
AtkinsThis page was automatically generated using the Atkins Reference
Management System

Patterns of adult love. 

Cindy Hazan. Human Ecology Forum.  Spring 1990 v18 n3 p2(3).

Clarification of Question by sylk-ga on 05 Jun 2003 15:21 PDT
That is wonderful news about contacting Hazan--I would not have gone
throught the PR office, but rather the dept. of Social Work or
Psychology.  You can tell the school that this google request is to be
used as a primary reference for a book by a psychiatrist on marriage. 
It is not to be used by the media. If anything, the request is the
opposite of media exploitation--I want to get the reference exactly
correct so I can quote exactly what she said.
Thanks again,
Sylvia Karasu, M.D.

Clarification of Question by sylk-ga on 06 Jun 2003 05:43 PDT
Dear cath-ga,
Thank your for all those references.  Actually, I already had those. 
I need the specific one that relates to the particular study I am
looking for.  I am in a hurry (hoping to submit book for publication
this summer), but the reference has to be exact--not just her writings
in general.

Clarification of Question by sylk-ga on 06 Jun 2003 05:45 PDT
Dear cath-ga,
   To clarify further all those references: none of those studies has
the huge sample referred to in the article that had received media
attention years ago.  That sample had several thousand people in it. 
The other references quoted had fairly small samples.
Thank you,
Subject: Re: study on love and passion
Answered By: cath-ga on 11 Jun 2003 10:18 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Dear Sylvia,

I hesitate to post this as an "answer" to your question because 
the news is bad. But I did get an answer from Cindy Hazan through
the University News Service. She contacted Susan Lang there and
said simply, "That study hasn't been published yet." 

There are a couple of things you could still do to find out
about the study. You could contact Dr. Hazan personally, at
her e-mail( )She is in the Dept. of Human
Development. She didn't respond to my query, but apparently she 
is very leery of the media. She felt really misrepresented and 
burned by all the coverage she got in the 90's 
of the study in question. Perhaps she'd respond to you.
However, there's the possibility that the study didn't
meet the requirements of peer review, and that's why
it wasn't published. So she might be embarrassed, and
you certainly wouldn't want to quote the study then...
Or she may not want to reveal anything from a major
work still in progress...

She and Debra Zeifman, of Vassar, collaborated on several
articles and presentations. One, in 1999 was a chapter in
the book "Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and 
Clinical Applications". The editor is Cassidy. The chapter
is called Pairbonds as Attachments:Evaluating the Evidence.
This, of course, is not THE study. But Zeifman may also have
worked with her on the study of the 5,000. Once again,
I contacted Zeifman and no response.
Her office phone is 845-437-7384.

Sorry for the bad news, but at least it will save you
the time of searching for something that isn't "out there" 

Good luck with your book.Please don't shoot the
messenger when you rate this question! Sincerely, cath-ga

Search strategy:
On Google
"Cindy Hazan"
Cornell University
phoned Hazan and her assistant Jolan Balog
607-255-7741, 607-255-0846
contacted University PR, Janice, at 607-255-4206, and Susan Lang
e-mailed  John Harlow at the Sunday Times, requested his article
of July 25,1999 
e-mailed Debra Zeifman
Also e-mailed the ICPR (International Conference on Personal 
And the editors of Personal Relationships and 
Advances in Personal Relationships

Request for Answer Clarification by sylk-ga on 11 Jun 2003 11:35 PDT
Dear cath-ga,
  While not finding the answer I was looking for, you certainly did
considerable research in helping me narrow down my search.  Thank you
very much for all your efforts.  You certainly deserve the $50. I
offered for all this work.  Thank you, also, for the email address of
Hazan and the phone number of her colleague.  I will pursue it from

Clarification of Answer by cath-ga on 11 Jun 2003 18:58 PDT
Dear Sylvia,

Thanks so much for the kind rating and tip! I appreciate it in light
of the fact that the answer was a frustrating one. Good luck
with your book! cath-ga
sylk-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $25.00
This researcher did considerable work in helping me narrow my search,
and I would rate the efforts "4 star." I wish I had a more definitive
answer, but it sounds like no one else could have done better than
this researcher.  Thank you.

Subject: Re: study on love and passion
From: justaskscott-ga on 22 May 2003 15:45 PDT
I have seen the lay references to which you are referring, but like
you, I have not seen a reference for the publication itself. 
Accordingly, I have contacted Dr. Hazan -- she should know if anyone
does!  I will let you know if I receive a reply.
Subject: Re: study on love and passion
From: sylk-ga on 22 May 2003 18:05 PDT
I would like the exact reference and if possible, the actual pages of
the study conducted by Cindy Hazan--that is, not a summary by someone
else.  (I have found many of these on the internet--quoting it without
an actual reference.)Thank you,
Sylvia Karasu, M.D.
Subject: Re: study on love and passion
From: justaskscott-ga on 04 Jun 2003 21:17 PDT
Unfortunately, no response.  I presume that other Researchers who have
contacted her did not get a response either.
Subject: Re: study on love and passion
From: techtor-ga on 05 Jun 2003 03:27 PDT
This is an interesting question... Cindy Hazan has revolutionary but
logical ideas. I assume though that since the survey was only recently
done, the documentation for it is in progress or unpublished. So it
may not be on paper yet. I'm also doubtful if the library of the
university where Prof. Hazan teaches carries that specific work of
hers, but you could try that.
Subject: Re: study on love and passion
From: sylk-ga on 05 Jun 2003 05:13 PDT
One of your researchers made reference to fact studies by Hazan were
recent.  Actually, I think my original lay reference to her was in the
late 90's, so I do believe something by now should be published.  I
may try to contact Hazan myself.  But please keep trying.
Subject: Re: study on love and passion
From: grammatoncleric-ga on 05 Jun 2003 18:46 PDT
Hi sylk,

I had the pleasure of of taking Professor Hazan's Human Bonding class
as an elective wildly outside my department (Math) when I was at
Cornell.  As a matter of fact, I remember listening to her discussion
of this study.  You could simply ask her directly for the information
you're looking for.  Her email address at Cornell is

Grammaton Cleric

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