Sex differences (and similarities) in jealousy. The moderning influence of infidelity experience and sexual orientation of the infidelity

Brad J. Sagarin, David Becker, Rosanna E. Guadagno, Lionel D. Nicastle, Allison Millevoi

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Abstract

Past demonstrations of sex differences in jealousy have generally employed Buss et al.'s [Psychol. Sci. 3 (1992) 251] forced-choice methodology, a limitation criticized by DeSteno and Salovey Psychol. Sci. 7 (1996) 367]. The present studies address this criticism by demonstrating the sex difference using both forced-choice and continuous measures of jealousy. In addition, the results distinguish two important moderators of the sex difference: infidelity experience, in which male victims and female perpetrators of infidelity reported greater distress in response to a sexual infidelity, and sexual orientation of the infidelity, in which the sex difference disappears completely when infidelity carries no risk of conception because an opposite-sex partner has become involved with a same-sex lover.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2003

Keywords

  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Jealousy
  • Sex differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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