Jealousy: Impact Of Sexual And Emotional Infidelity

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RESEARCH ON JEALOUSY: IMPACT OF SEXUAL VS. EMOTIONAL INFIDELITY Researchers at Chapman University have completed the largest study to date into the effects of sexual and emotional infidelity on jealousy finding that men and women respond differently. Jealousy can cause marital breakup, violence, and heartache and understanding the causes may help ameliorate the effects. Over sixty thousand people aged between eighteen and sixty-five with an average age of 35 to 40 were interviewed as to what their feelings would be should their partner commit either sexual or emotional infidelity. The results showed that heterosexual men were more likely to be jealous if their partner committed sexual infidelity 65% compared to 35% of heterosexual women. Heterosexual…show more content…
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