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Jealousy at work: The role of rivals' characteristics.
Scand J Psychol. 2018 Aug; 59(4):443-450.SJ

Abstract

The present study examined rival characteristics that may evoke jealousy in the workplace, differences between men and women in this regard, and the relationship between jealousy responses and intrasexual competitiveness and social comparison orientation. Participants were 426 male and female employees. By means of a questionnaire, participants were presented with a jealousy-evoking scenario after which jealousy responses to 24 rival characteristics were assessed. Findings showed that a rival's social communal attributes evoked highest levels of jealousy, and that, compared to men, women reported more jealousy in response to a rival's physical attractiveness. Overall, as individuals had higher scores on intrasexual competitiveness and social comparison orientation, they also experienced more jealousy in response to their rival, regardless of his or her characteristics. These findings suggest that those characteristics that are highly valued in employees may backfire when employees perceive co-workers as rivals.

Authors+Show Affiliations

IDOCAL, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.IDOCAL, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands.Private Practice for Social Psychology, the Netherlands.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

29582443

Citation

Zurriaga, Rosario, et al. "Jealousy at Work: the Role of Rivals' Characteristics." Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, vol. 59, no. 4, 2018, pp. 443-450.
Zurriaga R, González-Navarro P, Buunk AP, et al. Jealousy at work: The role of rivals' characteristics. Scand J Psychol. 2018;59(4):443-450.
Zurriaga, R., González-Navarro, P., Buunk, A. P., & Dijkstra, P. (2018). Jealousy at work: The role of rivals' characteristics. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 59(4), 443-450. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12443
Zurriaga R, et al. Jealousy at Work: the Role of Rivals' Characteristics. Scand J Psychol. 2018;59(4):443-450. PubMed PMID: 29582443.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Jealousy at work: The role of rivals' characteristics. AU - Zurriaga,Rosario, AU - González-Navarro,Pilar, AU - Buunk,Abraham Pieter, AU - Dijkstra,Pieternel, Y1 - 2018/03/26/ PY - 2017/09/18/received PY - 2018/02/02/accepted PY - 2018/3/28/pubmed PY - 2018/10/10/medline PY - 2018/3/28/entrez KW - Jealousy KW - intrasexual competition KW - sex differences KW - social comparison KW - work SP - 443 EP - 450 JF - Scandinavian journal of psychology JO - Scand J Psychol VL - 59 IS - 4 N2 - The present study examined rival characteristics that may evoke jealousy in the workplace, differences between men and women in this regard, and the relationship between jealousy responses and intrasexual competitiveness and social comparison orientation. Participants were 426 male and female employees. By means of a questionnaire, participants were presented with a jealousy-evoking scenario after which jealousy responses to 24 rival characteristics were assessed. Findings showed that a rival's social communal attributes evoked highest levels of jealousy, and that, compared to men, women reported more jealousy in response to a rival's physical attractiveness. Overall, as individuals had higher scores on intrasexual competitiveness and social comparison orientation, they also experienced more jealousy in response to their rival, regardless of his or her characteristics. These findings suggest that those characteristics that are highly valued in employees may backfire when employees perceive co-workers as rivals. SN - 1467-9450 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/29582443/Jealousy_at_work:_The_role_of_rivals'_characteristics_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12443 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -