Relational Satisfaction and Jealousy Across Marital Types

Laura Guerrero, Sylvie V. Eloy

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This study investigated the effects of an individual's marital type (Traditional, Independent, Separate) on marital satisfaction and jealousy. Three significant findings emerged. First, Traditionals were found to be more satisfied with their marriages than Independents or Separates. Second, marital satisfaction was found to be negatively correlated with cognitive jealousy (r= -.64), behavioral jealousy (r = -.43) and emotional jealousy (r = -.31). Finally, Independents reported significantly more cognitive jealousy than Traditionals. Implications for the study of communication within intimate relationships are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalCommunication Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Communication

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