Ethnic differences in jealousy in Surinam

Buunk, A. P., Dijkstra, P., Leckie, G. & Dipokarto, D., Apr-2020, In : Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 37, 4, p. 1136-1149 14 p.

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  • Abraham P. Buunk
  • Pieternel Dijkstra
  • Glenn Leckie
  • Dascha Dipokarto

The present study examined differences in three types of jealousy (reactive, anxious, and preventive jealousy) between the major ethnic groups in Surinam (Maroons, Creoles, Hindustani, Javanese, and Mixed). About 100 participants from each ethnic group (total n = 500) were interviewed. Results showed differences between the groups in anxious and preventive jealousy, but not in reactive jealousy. More specifically, Maroons reported most anxious and preventive jealousy, followed by Creoles, and Javanese. The Hindustani and Mixed groups reported the lowest levels of anxious and preventive jealousy. These results did not alter after controlling for demographic variables. In addition, differences in jealousy could not be explained by differences between the groups in intrasexual competitiveness and attitudes toward multiple sexual relationships. Findings suggest that whereas preventive jealousy and anxious jealousy are sensitive to cultural influences, reactive jealousy is not. Future studies may further explore the variables that may explain differences in jealousy between ethnic groups in Surinam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1136-1149
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Issue number4
Early online date11-Nov-2019
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2020


  • Ethnic groups, intrasexual competitiveness, jealousy, multiple sexual partners, Surinam, CULTURE, GENDER

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