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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Hormonal contraceptive congruency: Implications for relationship jealousy
Author(s): Cobey, Kelly D
Roberts, S Craig
Buunk, Abraham P
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Keywords: Romantic relationships
Birth control pill
Mate choice
Relationship initiation
oral contraception
oral contraceptive
mate choice
evolutionary psychology
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Date Deposited: 25-Sep-2013
Citation: Cobey KD, Roberts SC & Buunk AP (2013) Hormonal contraceptive congruency: Implications for relationship jealousy. Personality and Individual Differences, 55 (5), pp. 569-573.
Abstract: Research shows that women who use hormonal contraceptives (HCs) differ in their mate preferences from women who have regular cycles. It has been proposed that when a partnered woman either begins to use or ceases to use HCs, she may experience changes in her relationship since her preferences become incongruent with those prevalent at the time of her partner choice. This has not yet been directly tested. Here, in doing this, we aim to specifically test whether current and past HC use contributes to present levels of relationship jealousy. We find a significant interaction in levels of jealousy based on current HC use and HC use at the start of the relationship. When current HC use is incongruent with that at the start of the relationship, women report significantly higher levels of jealousy. Results are among the first to suggest that both current and past HC use may influence relationship dynamics.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.paid.2013.04.031
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