The sense of entitlement in romantic relationships: ethnic and religious aspects

Rami Tolmacz, Saami Mahajna, Yaniv Efrati

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One’s sense of entitlement is activated and influences one’s interactions and attitudes in a wide range of contexts, but it rather seems especially relevant in the context of the romantic relationship, as this particular type of relationship serves as a unique meeting point between needs, wishes, and expectations. While a number of studies have indicated that both exaggerated and restricted forms of sense of entitlement in couple relationships seem to be maladaptive and put people at risk for emotional problems, the core question of the current study dealt with the possible contribution of ethnic and religious aspects. As expected, ethnicity was shown to be a predictor of relational entitlement. Israeli Arabs were higher on inflated and restricted senses of entitlement than Israeli Jews were. Findings also indicated that among the Jewish sector, young religious Jews were higher on restricted sense of entitlement and lower on assertive sense of entitlement than were young secular Jews. Findings were discussed in terms of the unique situation of the Arab minority in Israel as well as the role of religious values in shaping the sense of relational entitlement in couple relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)728-740
Number of pages13
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number8
StatePublished - 14 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Sense of entitlement
  • ethnic
  • religious
  • romantic relationships


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