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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

18

Number

2

Page Numbers

pages 107-116

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2013

Abstract

The present study distributed surveys to 98 college students (31 freshmen, 28 sophomores, 25 juniors, and 14 seniors) to explore both evolutionary psychology and social cognitive theories on jealousy. To examine the relationship between sexes in multiple dimensions of jealousy, Pfeffer and Wong's Multidimensional Jealousy Survey was given to measure cognitive, behavioral, and emotional jealousy (1989). There were no significant differences between sexes and any of the jealousy subscales. The traditional forced-choice scenario was given to see if there was a sex difference between emotional and sexual jealousy. As predicted, female participants reported that emotional jealousy was more distressing, while male participants reported that sexual jealousy was more distressing. The Subjective Happiness Scale by Lyubomirsky and Lepper (1997) was given to explore the relationship between happiness and jealousy, and a negative correlation was found. Participants also had their second and fourth digits measured on both hands to obtain a 2D:4D ratio. This ratio was used to see if there was a correlation between testosterone levels and jealousy. There was no significant difference found between digit length and jealousy. Future research could explore different types of jealousy between sexes and their responses in the event of jealousy.

Subject

Psychology

Keyword

romantic jealousy; sex differences; college students; evolutionary theory; social cognitive theory; 2D:4D ratio

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

9 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 18 no. 2 2013

Rights

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Psychology Commons

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