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Inducing Jealousy and Intimate Partner Violence Among Young Adults

NCJ Number
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships Volume: 36 Issue: 9 Dated: 2019 Pages: 2802-2823
Date Published
22 pages
Since jealousy has been linked to a number of deleterious relationship outcomes, but has not been thoroughly researched regarding how inducing jealousy affects intimate relationships, the current study used data on 892 young adults from the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study to examine correlates and consequences of intentionally inducing jealousy in intimate relationships.

The study found that factors both unique and internal to the intimate dyad and those external to the intimate relationship were associated with jealousy-inducing behaviors. Dyadic factors included verbal conflict and partners' infidelity and controlling behaviors, and external factors included childhood experiences of parent-child physical aggression. Jealousy induction was associated with experiences of partner violence after accounting for familial background, relationship, and sociodemographic factors. The authors discuss potential mechanisms that link these relationship dynamics and provide suggestions for future research. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2019