Romantic Jealousy and Relational Satisfaction: A Look at the Impact of Jealousy Experience and Expression

Peter A. Andersen, Sylvie V. Eloy, Laura K. Guerrero, Brian H. Spitzberg

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Abstract

This study investigated the combined effects jealousy experience and expression have on relational satisfaction. A sample of 346 individuals currently involved in dating or marital relationships completed questionnaires. Results indicated that: (1) cognitive jealousy is a more potent predictor of relational satisfaction than emotional jealousy, (2) individuals who use integrative communication and/or expression of negative affect to communicate jealousy, while refraining from using distributive communication and/or active distancing, are most likely to be satisfied with their relationships, and (3) jealousy expression accounts for significantly more variance in relational satisfaction than jealousy experience alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-85
Number of pages9
JournalCommunication Reports
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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