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The Communication of Jealousy


Jennifer L. Bevan

This book won the 2014 National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award

This book received the 2014 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Book Award from the «Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association» and the «National Communication Association – Communication and Social Cognition Division – 2013 Distinguished Book Award»

Informed by a wide variety of academic disciplines and offering a unique interpersonal communication approach to the study of jealousy, The Communication of Jealousy examines, integrates, and informs research on jealousy experience and expression. The book’s integration and interpretation of academic jealousy research is through a jealousy expression lens, meaning that the focus will be particularly, but not exclusively, on jealousy research that includes a behavioral or communicative component that is drawn from a number of academic disciplines as diverse as communication, social and clinical psychology, sociology, criminology, forensic anthropology, and the biological sciences. To date, no academic book has considered jealousy primarily from an interpersonal communication perspective; in doing so, this book effectively connects jealousy research from related academic disciplines and develops a theory that advances the state of jealousy expression research.


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Chapter Three. Jealousy Expression Beyond Romantic Relationships


• C H A P T E R T H R E E • Jealousy Expression Beyond Romantic Relationships omantic jealousy is considered to be the prototypical jealousy experi- ence (Parrott, 1991), and researchers agree that the majority of jealousy experience and expression research accordingly examines romantic rela- tionship contexts (Aune & Comstock, 2001; Harris & Darby, 2010; Hill & Davis, 2000). This research focus on romantic jealousy is logical when con- sidering that romantic partnerships are typically viewed as more meaningful, significant, rewarding, yet also more unstable, than other close relationships (Aune & Comstock, 1991). Further, exclusivity is frequently an explicit relation- ship rule that only applies to romantic relationships. In light of these unique re- lational characteristics, romantic partners are generally also believed to experience jealousy more frequently and intensely than individuals in non- romantic partnerships (e.g., Afifi, Einwich, & Johnson, 1992; Ellis & Weinstein, 1986). Despite the prevalence of research on romantic jealousy in the literature, jealousy is widely considered to be a universal experience and many definitions of jealousy acknowledge that it can be experienced, and subsequently expressed, in any relationship that is valued by the jealous individual. Further, the basic jealousy process is identical, whether it emerges from romantic or non-romantic sources (Harris & Darby, 2010). Buunk and Bringle (1987, p. 125) note that jealousy across relationships is plausible because close relationships can each be characterized by “strong, frequent, and diverse interdependency that lasts over a considerable period of time.” In addition, Guerrero and Andersen (1998a) con- tend that jealousy, regardless of the relationship...

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