Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
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.
BF1 .M63 v. 18 no. 2 2013
"Sex differences in multiple dimensions of jealousy,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 18:
2, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol18/iss2/11