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Jealousy in response to online and offline infidelity: the role of sex and sexual orientation.
Scand J Psychol. 2013 Aug; 54(4):328-36.SJ

Abstract

The goal of the present study was to examine the emotional content and intensity of jealousy in response to different types of infidelity (both online and offline unfaithful partner behaviors) among Dutch heterosexuals (n = 191) and homosexuals (n = 121). Based on previous research (Dijkstra, Barelds & Groothof, 2010), participants were presented with ten jealousy-evoking situations following which the intensity of two different emotional aspects of jealousy was assessed (betrayal/anger and threat). Results showed that scenarios describing a partner having sex with someone else or falling in love with someone else primarily evoked betrayal/anger-related jealousy, whereas scenarios describing an emotional connection between a partner and someone else primarily evoked threat-related jealousy. In addition, women experienced more jealousy than men in response to scenarios in which a partner engaged in potentially extra-dyadic online (but not offline) behaviors. Finally, compared to same-sex heterosexuals, homosexuals, both male and female, responded with less intense jealousy to scenarios describing a partner having sex with someone else. Implications for the treatment of (internet) infidelity are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Groningen, Department of Psychology, The Netherlands. pieterneldijkstra@ziggo.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23682617

Citation

Dijkstra, Pieternel, et al. "Jealousy in Response to Online and Offline Infidelity: the Role of Sex and Sexual Orientation." Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, vol. 54, no. 4, 2013, pp. 328-36.
Dijkstra P, Barelds DP, Groothof HA. Jealousy in response to online and offline infidelity: the role of sex and sexual orientation. Scand J Psychol. 2013;54(4):328-36.
Dijkstra, P., Barelds, D. P., & Groothof, H. A. (2013). Jealousy in response to online and offline infidelity: the role of sex and sexual orientation. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 54(4), 328-36. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12055
Dijkstra P, Barelds DP, Groothof HA. Jealousy in Response to Online and Offline Infidelity: the Role of Sex and Sexual Orientation. Scand J Psychol. 2013;54(4):328-36. PubMed PMID: 23682617.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Jealousy in response to online and offline infidelity: the role of sex and sexual orientation. AU - Dijkstra,Pieternel, AU - Barelds,Dick P H, AU - Groothof,Hinke A K, Y1 - 2013/05/20/ PY - 2012/10/04/received PY - 2013/02/18/accepted PY - 2013/5/21/entrez PY - 2013/5/21/pubmed PY - 2014/1/31/medline KW - Jealousy KW - infidelity KW - offline KW - online KW - sexual orientation SP - 328 EP - 36 JF - Scandinavian journal of psychology JO - Scand J Psychol VL - 54 IS - 4 N2 - The goal of the present study was to examine the emotional content and intensity of jealousy in response to different types of infidelity (both online and offline unfaithful partner behaviors) among Dutch heterosexuals (n = 191) and homosexuals (n = 121). Based on previous research (Dijkstra, Barelds & Groothof, 2010), participants were presented with ten jealousy-evoking situations following which the intensity of two different emotional aspects of jealousy was assessed (betrayal/anger and threat). Results showed that scenarios describing a partner having sex with someone else or falling in love with someone else primarily evoked betrayal/anger-related jealousy, whereas scenarios describing an emotional connection between a partner and someone else primarily evoked threat-related jealousy. In addition, women experienced more jealousy than men in response to scenarios in which a partner engaged in potentially extra-dyadic online (but not offline) behaviors. Finally, compared to same-sex heterosexuals, homosexuals, both male and female, responded with less intense jealousy to scenarios describing a partner having sex with someone else. Implications for the treatment of (internet) infidelity are discussed. SN - 1467-9450 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23682617/Jealousy_in_response_to_online_and_offline_infidelity:_the_role_of_sex_and_sexual_orientation_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12055 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -