Current Psychology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 263–281 | Cite as

Development of the Romantic Jealousy-Induction Scale and the Motives for Inducing Romantic Jealousy Scale

  • Brent A. Mattingly
  • Diane Whitson
  • Melinda J. B. Mattingly


Relatively little research exists regarding individuals who intentionally induce jealousy in their romantic partners, which is partially due to the absence of validated measures assessing romantic jealousy-induction behaviors and motivations. In the current study, we developed measures and examined the correlates of romantic jealousy-induction behaviors and motivations. Results indicated that the Romantic Jealousy-Induction Scale was unifactorial and reliable, whereas the Motives for Inducing Romantic Jealousy Scale consisted of five theoretically meaningful and reliable factors. In general, the romantic jealousy-induction behaviors and motives were associated with greater experienced jealousy, greater attachment avoidance and anxiety, lower relationship satisfaction and commitment, greater relationship alternatives, less passionate love, and greater game-playing and obsessive love.


Romantic jealousy Romantic jealousy-induction Scale development Romantic relationships 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brent A. Mattingly
    • 1
  • Diane Whitson
    • 2
  • Melinda J. B. Mattingly
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAshland UniversityAshlandUSA
  2. 2.Saint Louis UniversitySaint LouisUSA

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