Murray State Theses and Dissertations


The current study sought to examine the relation of body dissatisfaction to jealousy and the role of perceived rivals in that relationship. Specifically, it examined whether, in women, the perceived number of rivals to a romantic relationship mediated the relationship between body dissatisfaction and jealousy in a romantic relationship. Results indicated that there was a significant relation of body dissatisfaction to jealousy in a romantic relationship through perceived rivals to that romantic relationship. Subsequent regression analyses indicated that when all variables are placed in the model, only the variables of self-esteem and narcissism were predictors of overall jealousy in the romantic relationships. Contrary to the hypothesis, with all variables placed in the model, body dissatisfaction was not a predictor of jealousy, however, results did support the hypothesis that women with higher body dissatisfaction would report more perceived rivals.

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Author's Keywords

body esteem, jealousy, rivals, romantic, relationship

Degree Awarded

Master of Science




College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Thesis Advisor

Jana Hackathorn

Committee Member

Sean Rife

Committee Member

Paul Anderson

Committee Member

Rob Lyons

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