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The Interplay Between Self Esteem, Feeling of Inadequacy, Dependency, and Romantic Jealousy as a Function of Attachment Processes Among Turkish College Students

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This study examined the interplay between the underlying dimensions of attachment and romantic jealousy within the framework of a mediational model. It was hypothesized that the dimensions of attachment would have both direct and indirect effects on romantic jealousy via dependency, self esteem, and feelings of inadequacy. Participants (N = 306) filled out a battery of questionnaires measuring attachment, jealousy, dependency, and inadequacy. The sample was composed of college students in Turkey. The proposed mediational model was tested via structural equation modeling. Findings revealed that both model of self and model of others have direct and indirect effects (via dependency and inadequacy) on jealousy.

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Karakurt, G. The Interplay Between Self Esteem, Feeling of Inadequacy, Dependency, and Romantic Jealousy as a Function of Attachment Processes Among Turkish College Students. Contemp Fam Ther 34, 334–345 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10591-012-9185-7

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Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Jealousy
  • Dependency
  • Feeling of inadequacy
  • Couple therapy