An inventory and update of jealousy‐evoking partner behaviours in modern society

P. Dijkstra*, D.P.H. Barelds, H.A.K. Groothof

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    The goal of the present study was to identify the most important jealousy‐evoking partner behaviours and to examine the extent to which these behaviours evoke jealousy. Based on the literature, a questionnaire was constructed containing 42 jealousy‐evoking partner behaviours, including a partner's extra‐dyadic involvement with someone else by means of modern communication devices, such as the Internet. A second study examined the extent to which undergraduates and a community sample experienced jealousy in response to these partner behaviours. Results showed that explicit unfaithful behaviours evoked most feelings of jealousy, followed by a partner's emotional or romantic involvement with someone else by means of modern communication devices. In general, older individuals responded with less jealousy in response to a partner's unfaithful and suspicious behaviours. Clinical implications are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-345
    Number of pages17
    JournalClinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010



    • Jealousy
    • Partner Behaviours
    • Age
    • Internet

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