Sex differences in the type of questions asked in response to the discovery of infidelity
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Background: The relationship between infidelity and jealousy is of large interest within psychology, particularly within evolutionary research (Harris, 2004). Most literature surrounding infidelity and jealousy have established that there are different types of infidelity as well as a difference in male and female response. The Jealousy as a Specific Innate Module Theory (JSIM) offers and explanation for these differences and some insight as to why humans display jealousy. One of the most popular and widely used studies is that of Buss et al (1992) where they discovered that males are more likely to respond to scenarios surrounding sexual infidelity however females respond to scenarios in relation to emotional infidelity which has been continuously explained by the evolutionary theory. Aim: The aims of this study is to explore differences in the type of questions they are more likely to ask following the discovery of their partners infidelity and whether or not females are likely to choose the question that reveal emotional jealousy and if males will opt for the question that reveals distress over sexual infidelity. Method: This study used 106 heterosexual participants both male (n=21) and female (n=85) above the age of 18. The Independent variables were sex and the type of jealousy revealed (sexual and emotional), and the Dependant variables were the total number of participants selecting one or the other question. Participants completed a hypothetical forced choice questionnaire that included 8 questions. Results: The results complimented previous literature as well as offer some additional insight into sex difference and jealousy. The majority of females’ participants opted for the emotionally salient questions whereas the men opted for the sexually salient question. The analysis showed some findings were insignificant nevertheless the trends are clear.
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