Modeling the relationship among romantic jealousy and relationship satisfaction: the mediator roles of rumination, co-rumination and self-compassion

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Turkey

Approval Date: 2016

Thesis Language: English

Student: Merve Ökten



The purpose of the study was to test a model investigating the relationships between romantic jealousy and relationship satisfaction of emerging adults through the mediator roles of rumination, co-rumination and self-compassion. Participants were consisted of 397 (50.4% female, 49.6% male) volunteered students registered in different state universities of Ankara, Izmir, and Samsun. Age of participants ranged from 18 to 29 with the mean of 21.38. In order to collect data, Relational Assessment Scale, Multidimensional Jealousy Scale, Ruminative Response Scale, Co-rumination Questionnaire and Self- Compassion Scale were utilized. The proposed model of the study assumed that there was a significant relationship between relationship satisfaction and emotional, behavioral and cognitive jealousy; and this relationship might be mediating by rumination, co-rumination and self-compassion. In order to test the proposed model, path analysis was conducted. As a result, the proposed model did not fit with the data; and was not confirmed. Therefore, the proposed model was trimmed by removing non-significant paths and including suggested paths. The results of the trimmed model indicated that rumination and self-compassion was mediating the relationship between cognitive jealousy and relationship satisfaction. Moreover, rumination was found as the strongest mediator; and cognitive jealousy was found as the most significant predictor of relationship satisfaction. In general, relationship satisfaction was significantly positively predicted by emotional jealousy and self-compassion; and negatively predicted by cognitive jealousy and rumination. Only behavioral jealousy and co-rumination was not significantly related to relationship satisfaction. Overall, the trimmed model accounted for 30% of the total variance in relationship satisfaction of emerging adults.