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Open Access Senior Honors Thesis




Jealousy is a reaction to a perceived threat in a relationship. It can lead to relationship dissatisfaction and even violence. By better understanding which personality traits are linked with jealousy we can better understand this emotion and its expression. The present study investigates the relationship between jealousy, self-esteem, and locus of control. The total number of participants was 180 (95 male, 78 female, 7 missing data) which were recruited from introductory psychology classes. Participants completed a 79-item survey, which contained the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale, the Interpersonal Jealousy Scale, and the Multidimensional Locus of Control Scales: God Control Revision. The correlation between jealousy and self-esteem was, r(170) = -0.24, p < .01. The correlation between jealousy and external locus of control was, r(170) = 0.32, p < .01 for the chance subscale, and r(170) = 0.32, p < .01 for the powerful others subscale. The impact of these results are discussed.