Love, Sex, and Self Esteem
This paper explores the differential effect of love on self-esteem among men and women. Among a number of variables examined, love was the most important determination of self-esteem for both men and women. However, love was much more important for women than for men. Women had both the lowest and the highest self-esteem in this sample depending on the level of love they perceived themselves to be receiving.
Walsh, Anthony and Balazs, Grace J.. (1990). "Love, Sex, and Self Esteem". Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology, 18(1), 37-42.