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Jealousy is often a problem in romantic relationships. When severe enough, it can lead to arguments, abuse, and physical fights between couples. The hypothesis for the present study was there will be measurable differences between men and women in how they respond to hypothetical situations designed to induce jealousy. The Lindenwood Participant Pool was used to recruit 46 undergraduate students for the study. Participants completed the Hypothetical Reactions Survey based off of the Are You the Jealousy Type tests provided on the Psychology Today website, in order to find possible sex differences in jealousy scores. An independent t-test revealed significant sex differences in how participants rated the jealousy inducing scenarios. Women were more jealous than men according to the findings. The evidence gained in this study could be beneficial for preventing minor disputes as well as violence in romantic relationships. The findings could also be applied in couple’s therapy in order to make partners aware of situations that cause jealousy, which may result in better communication between the partners and less arguments.

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