Participant Information Sheet

Thank you for your interest in this study.

Jealousy is the emotional response experienced when an individual perceives that their romantic relationship is being threatened by the involvement of a rival.

This study is interested in committed adult romantic relationships. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and currently in a romantic relationship for at least 2 months or have been in a romantic relationship for at least 2 months in the past year.

This study aims to compare jealousy across different types of romantic relationships (heterosexual, gay male, and lesbian). The study is interested in whether individuals in different types of romantic relationship respond to jealousy-evoking events in different ways and what might be influencing these different responses. Possible influencing factors to be explored are:

1.      Cultural norms about sexuality and desire: e.g. Do men in gay male relationships respond differently to men in heterosexual relationships? Do women in lesbian relationships respond differently to women in heterosexual relationships?   

2.      Gender: e.g. do men respond differently to women?

3.      Security of attachment in a romantic relationship.

4.      Personality.

5.      Attitudes toward casual sex, love, and desire?

Participants are required to complete this anonymous online survey which will take approximately 20 minutes. Although the researcher will take every care to keep data confidential, survey results will be stored on the Survey Monkey platform and the manager of that platform may have access to the data. However, since data collected is anonymous, the platform manager will not be able to identify participants. As soon as practical after data collection is complete, the researcher will delete the data from the online platform. However, confidentiality of anonymous data stored on the Survey Monkey platform cannot be guaranteed.

Participation in this survey is voluntary and participants may withdraw from the survey at any time by closing their web browser. However, once the survey is submitted, it is not possible to remove your response as your data cannot be identified.

Differences in jealousy responses can lead to much relationship dissatisfaction as couples try to resolve jealousy issues in their relationships. Findings from this study may help individuals struggling with jealousy to better understand what might be influencing their jealousy responses and help them manage those responses. Findings may also help psychologists working with individuals and couples presenting with jealousy problems.

It is not anticipated that there are any risks to participation in this study beyond those encountered in everyday life. However, if participation does trigger any adverse responses, you are advised to call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or one of the following relationship support services:

·         Relationships Australia (SA): 1300 364 277 or 1800 182 325 (country callers)

·         Anglicare SA: (08) 8305 9200

·         Uniting Communities: 1800 615 677