Self-Esteem, Jealousy and Tendency to Gossip in Students

Alina Arif (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Iram Fatima, PhD

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The study aimed to investigate the association of self-esteem and jealousy with tendency to gossip in students. The main hypothesis of the study was that jealousy would be positively related to tendency to gossip while self-esteem would be negatively related to tendency to gossip. The data was collected through convenient sampling technique from the students of public sector colleges. The sample (N = 134) consisted of boys and girls. Assessment measures used included demographic questionnaire, Tendency to Gossip Questionnaire (TGQ; Nevo et al., 2014), Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965) and Interpersonal Jealousy Scale (IJS; Farooq & Amjad, 2012). Pearson product moment correlation and linear regression were used for analyzing the data. Results showed that jealousy had positive correlation with tendency to gossip and negative correlation with self-esteem. Moreover, the findings reveal that jealousy positively predicted tendency to gossip. The findings of current study are of great significance for bringing awareness in youth to develop good moral standards and stop talking behind others for no reason.

Keywords: Jealousy, self-esteem, tendency to gossip, intermediate students.

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