Jennifer Bevan, Chapman University Presents "A New Theory of Jealousy Expression: Conceptualization and Testing"

Event Date: 

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Event Location: 

  • SS&MS Room 1009

Event Contact: 

Howie Giles,

Dr. Jennifer L. Bevan (B.A., M.A., University of Delaware, Ph.D.; University of Georgia) will present "A New Theory of Jealousy Expression: Conceptualization and Testing."  The study of jealousy expression has progressed to the point where a theory that is unique to this relational communication context can be advanced. This colloquium thus introduces, describes, and offers preliminary tests of Jealousy Expression Profile Theory (JEPT). JEPT is an inductive, parsimonious framework for predicting which individual, relational, cognitive, and emotional characteristics are most likely to accompany four broad categories of jealousy expression across jealousy situations. Findings indicate that the majority of relationships were as predicted by JEPT. Theoretical and practical implications are considered in addition to ideas for future JEPT research.

Professor Bevan is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and core faculty member in the Health and Strategic Communication M.S. program. Before joining Chapman University in 2007, she served on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and at the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests center upon interpersonal and health communication within close relationships. Dr. Bevan’s research topics include the negotiation of difficult interactions such as ongoing conflict, jealousy, long-distance caregiving, uncertainty, and topic avoidance, as well as related psychological and physical health correlates of these experiences. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, conflict, empirical research methods, and health communication theory.