Sex Differences in Jealousy: Comparing the Influence of Previous Infidelity Among College Students and Adults

  title={Sex Differences in Jealousy: Comparing the Influence of Previous Infidelity Among College Students and Adults},
  author={Michael J. Tagler},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={353 - 360}
  • M. Tagler
  • Published 8 July 2010
  • Psychology, Education
  • Social Psychological and Personality Science
Many studies have found that traditionally aged college students differ in their relative distress when asked to imagine a partner’s sexual versus emotional infidelity. This study examined how real partner infidelity experiences among college students and older adults influence these responses, using both forced choice and continuous scales. Consistent with evolutionary theory, and regardless of previous real infidelity experiences, male college students were more likely to be distressed by… 
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