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ERIC Number: EJ914832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Factors Associated with Jealousy over Real and Imagined Infidelity: An Examination of the Social-Cognitive and Evolutionary Psychology Perspectives
Harris, Christine R.
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v27 n4 p319-329 Dec 2003
Three hundred fifty-eight undergraduates completed anonymous questionnaires regarding jealousy over a mate's infidelity. More men than women predicted that sexual infidelity would be worse than emotional infidelity when given the forced-choice hypothetical measures used in previous work. When some of the implications of hypothetical infidelity were controlled, the gender difference disappeared. One hundred twenty-seven participants reported having actual experience with a mate's infidelity. The two genders did not differ in degree of focus on the sexual versus emotional aspects of a mate's real betrayal. Sexual jealousy was correlated with having a greater number of sexual relationships and, for men but not women, with placing higher importance on sex in dating relationships. The results are discussed from a social-cognitive perspective. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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