Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología
Print version ISSN 0120-0534
GONZALEZ CALDERON, María José; CARRASCO, Michel Angel and DEL BARRIO GANDAR, María Victoria. A Study on the Envy Nomological Network in Children and Adolescents. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2011, vol.43, n.1, pp. 45-58. ISSN 0120-0534.
Envy is an essential ingredient of human nature, which facilitates a proper development of children. This study analyzes the envy nomological network in relation to depression, anxiety and anger. 210 subjects aged 10 to 14 (43.8% males) took part in the study. The schools were randomly selected from a database and so were the classrooms. Different Pearson's correlations and comparisons of means between envious and nonenvious subjects were carried out in this ex post facto study. Moreover, an exploratory factor analysis and a multiple regression analysis were used to examine the envy nomological network and to check the relationship between envy and several emotions assessed. Results have shown that the envy nomological network depends on both, children's age and sex. Envy was mainly related to trait anger, which predicts every envy dimension. The dimension called "Wish for other's belongings" was the one related with a higher number of emotional disorders. Despite the link between envy and the other emotions, it constitutes an independent construct, different from the others. More studies are needed given the lack of works on this topic.
Keywords : adolescents; envy; children; nomological network; ex post facto study.