The relationship between relationship satisfaction and emotional intelligence is widely known in literature. Besides, reasons of jealousy and the way people cope with it and difficulties in emotional regulation can affect relationship satisfaction. The aim of the present study is to examine the mediator role of romantic jealousy and difficulties in emotional regulation between emotional intelligence and relationship satisfaction of participants who are married and have a romantic relationship. Determination of the effect of all variables on relationship satisfaction is another aim of the study. The research sample, married and having a romantic relationship, consists of 302 participants ( 143 female, 159 male) between the ages of 19-60. The participants were given Demographic Information Form, along with Bar-On Emotional Scale, Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale, Romantic Jealousy Scale and Relationship Satisfaction Scale. In model test results of the analysis, the subscales of difficulties in emotional regulation scale “openness”, “impulse” and “strategy”; the subscale of romantic jealousy scale “exit” mediate the relationship between emotional regulation and relationship satisfaction. Findings were discussed on the basis of previous studies and some recommends and limitations were addressed.
Key Words: Emotional intellinge, relationship satisfaction, emotional regulation, romantic jealousy