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Published: 2022-11-01

Frequency of Mate Retention Strategies in Relation to Couple Satisfaction: The Moderating Effect of Partner Jealousy

University of Bucharest
satisfaction jealousy mate retention strategies cost induction benefit provision


The present study aims to expand knowledge about the causality of relationship satisfaction and about the moderating effect of partner jealousy on the relationship between mate retention strategies and satisfaction. The sample on which the analyzes were based consisted of 481 Romanians 78.6% women (n = 378) and 21.4% men (n = 103) involved in romantic relationships. The results of the statistical analysis suggest that participants who used direct guarding of the partner and negative intersexual or intrasexual inducements experienced a low level of relationship satisfaction and participants who adopted public signals of possession and positive inducements are significantly more satisfied in the relationship. Although partner jealousy measured according to multidimensional theorizing (cognitive, emotional, and behavioral) did not have a moderating effect on the relationship between mate retention strategies and satisfaction, significant negative correlations were observed between cognitive jealousy and satisfaction and between behavioral jealousy and satisfaction. Thus, the current paper serves as a theoretical basis for future studies.


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How to Cite

Naidin, S. (2022). Frequency of Mate Retention Strategies in Relation to Couple Satisfaction: The Moderating Effect of Partner Jealousy. Studia Doctoralia, 13(2), 107–116.