ERIC Number: ED198458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-21
Reference Count: 0
Jealousy and Trust: Unexplored Dimensions of Social Exchange Dynamics.
McDonald, Gerald W.; Osmond, Marie Withers
Little effort has been made to systematically assess the determinants and consequences of marital jealousy which affect marital, familial and extra-familial expectations, interactions and behavior. A preliminary attempt to rectify this omission provides a conceptual/theoretical perspective on jealousy dynamics in marriage. Marital jealousy, a perceptual phenomenon, refers to the perceived threat of diminution or loss of the valued resources of the spouse and is distinguishable from envy. An analysis of a jealous situation should include descriptions of the normative orientation, the exchange dynamics, the development of competition, and the two major dimensions of marital jealousy, i.e., power and esteem. Four types of jealousy exist in marital situations: possession, fear, ideal-self- and exclusion jealousy. Some solutions to marital jealousy include increasing the mutual commitment of the partners and developing mutual trust in the relationship. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Jealousy; Trust
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Portland, OR, October 22-25, 1980).