This research was partly funded by a visit grant offered to the two Spanish authors from The British Council (MDR/2502/065).
The Cultural Factor in Lay Perception of Jealousy as a Motive for Wife Battery1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 27, Issue 20, pages 1824–1841, October 1997
How to Cite
Delgado, A. R., Prieto, G. and Bond, R. A. (1997), The Cultural Factor in Lay Perception of Jealousy as a Motive for Wife Battery. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27: 1824–1841. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1997.tb01627.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Cultural psychology is concerned with the comparative study of the way culture and psyche shape each other: This process is particularly well illustrated in the social construction of some feelings. Although sexual jealousy seems to be universal, people differ in the intensity of their reactions and in the type of stimuli perceived as threatening. Replicating previous research in Britain by Delgado and Bond (1993), a questionnaire research survey was conducted in Spain to determine if lay perception considers jealousy a justification for wife battery. The comparison of results shows striking differences: The harmdoer was seen as more guilty in Britain and the victim was seen as more guilty in Spain. Results demonstrate cultural differences in the perception of jealousy; when jealousy is a motive for assault, there are also cultural differences in judgments of responsibility. Emotions function differently in different cultures regarding perceived causes and justification for conduct.