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Student Research Projects

The Influence of Gender and Infidelity on Jealousy for Sexual and Emotional Infidelity

Student Tiara McIntosh, ‘13
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Psychology
Course PSYCH 480: Independent Research


This study analyzed how men and women develop different characteristics towards infidelity and the interaction of self-esteem and gender on jealousy. The two types of infidelity were investigated: sexual and emotional infidelities. The total participants were (N=93), with 66 females and 27 males between the ages of 18 and 47. The results support the hypotheses that women (M=6.64, SD=1.01) would be more jealous than men (M=5.61, SD=3.11), and that men were less jealous of emotional than sexual infidelity (M=5.561, SD=1.55). The results did not support the hypothesis that women would be more jealous of emotional than sexual infidelity; however, there was a condition trend (p=.063) toward jealousy in general. Lastly, the results also provided significant support for the interaction between gender and self-esteem on jealousy (P=.001). This study is important because it provides insight into women’s jealousy.