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NCJ Number: 165716 Find in a Library
Title: Editorial: Jealousy and the Emergence of Violent and Intimidating Behaviours
Journal: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health  Volume:6  Issue:3  Dated:(1996)  Pages:199-205
Author(s): P E Mullen
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 7
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Studies of jealousy in relation to homicidal violence appear to indicate that violence is largely a product of male aggression.
Abstract: Jealousy may be regarded as a response to a perceived threat posed by an actual or potential rival that involves judgments and coping strategies. Judgments associated with jealousy revolve around the belief that a rival relationship exists or has existed. Studies indicate that jealousy consists of two separate states of mind. The first is suspicious jealousy which occurs when the threat to the relationship remains unresolved and is characterized by apprehension and uncertainty. The second is fait accompli jealousy which occurs when the relationship is recognized to be irretrievably lost and sadness, anger, and envy emerge as dominant themes. Clinicians attempting to treat patients with jealousy features should be aware of the possibility of conflict escalation and violence. Features in jealous individuals that increase concern about violence include escalating conflict between the couple, previous violence motivated by jealousy, violent tendencies displayed in other circumstances, fantasies of violent retribution, depression, drug or alcohol abuse, and a social background that tends to condone violence. 31 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Aggression; Domestic assault; Female victims; Homicide causes; Male offenders; Violence causes; Violent men
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