Portions of this paper were presented at the Western States Communication Association Convention in February 1999, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Study 1) and at the International Communication Association Convention in May 1999, San Francisco, California (Study 2). Data for these two studies were collected independently. When the authors discovered they were doing similar work, they collaborated to present the two studies together.
Romantic jealousy: Emotions and communicative responses
Article first published online: 28 APR 2005
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 233–252, June 2005
How to Cite
Guerrero, L. K., Trost, M. R. and Yoshimura, S. (2005), Romantic jealousy: Emotions and communicative responses. Personal Relationships, 12: 233–252. doi: 10.1111/j.1350-4126.2005.00113.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2005
Two independently conducted studies investigate the relations between jealousy-related emotions and communicative responses. In Study 1, participants provided open-ended accounts of specific jealousy episodes, from which descriptions of jealous communication were coded. Study 2 examined whether people tend to experience jealousy-related emotion and use communicative responses to jealousy in systematic and related ways. Across both studies, fear and anger were central to the experience of jealousy. Various combinations of emotion predicted the different communicative responses to jealousy. For example, violent communication was predicted by high levels of hostility and low levels of guilt, while communication with the rival was predicted by high levels of passion and hostility. These results suggest that people are likely to express jealousy differently depending on the specific emotions they experience.