Sex differences in jealousy: the (lack of) influence of researcher theoretical perspective

John Edlund, Jeremy D. Heider, Austin Lee Nichols, Randy J. McCarthy, Sarah E. Wood, Cory R. Scherer, Jessica L. Hartnett, Richard Walker

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The sex difference in jealousy is an effect that has generated significant controversy in the academic literature (resulting in two meta-analyses that reached different conclusions on the presence or absence of the effect). In this study, we had a team of researchers from different theoretical perspectives use identical protocols to test whether the sex difference in jealousy would occur across many different samples (while testing whether mate value would moderate the effect). In our samples, we found the sex difference in jealousy to occur using both forced choice and continuous measures, this effect appeared in several different settings, and, we found that mate value moderated participant responses. The results are discussed in light of the controversy surrounding the presence of the effect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-520
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 3 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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