A female’s experience of jealousy within a romantic relationship
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Previous research on romantic jealousy has been heavily dominated by quantitative methods and an evolutionary perspective. Research has previously shown that jealousy can negatively impact upon romantic relationships, and most relationships have experienced jealousy at least once. Jealous is defined in many different ways; however, the current study considered an individual’s history, culture, and social context. This study aimed to explore a female’s personal experience of jealousy. A qualitative design using interpretative phenomenological analysis and semi-structured interviews were used to gain an insight into the lived experiences of female jealousy in a romantic relationship. Results revealed five main themes, causes of jealousy, jealous actions, factors associated with jealousy, coping with jealousy and effects of partner’s perception of jealousy. The current study highlighted the negative impact jealousy can have on relationships, and how social media fuels jealousy. Future research should explore other samples and the themes found in the current study in more detail, and aim to clarify the difference between pathological and normal experiences of jealousy.
B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology
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