Toward a Broader Conceptualization of Jealousy in Close Relationships: Two Exploratory Studies

Jennifer L. Bevan, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Wendy Samter, Bryant University

Document Type Article

Published by Central States Communication Association in Communication Studies Volume 55, Issue 1, page 14-28.

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The study of jealousy is typically restricted to the examination of a third-party threat to one's romantic relationship. In contrast to this rather narrow view, two studies were undertaken to examine the possibility (a) that individuals experience jealousy over a variety of issues, and (b) that jealousy- of any type-occurs and is expressed in non-romantic relationships such as cross-sex friendship. The goal of Study I was to assess the realism of hypothetical situations representing six different types of jealousy suggested within the literature. These included: friend jealousy, arising from an individual's relationships with friends; family jealousy, arising from a partner's relationships with family members; activity jealousy, occurring when a partner is involved in activities such as school, work, or hobbies; power jealousy, arising from influence over a partner being lost to others; intimacy jealousy, arising when one feels that more advice is sought from or disclosed to others; and romantic jealousy, involving a (perceived) third-party threat to a relationship's exclusive nature.