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Conflict in Dating and Marital Relationships
Conflict in dating and marital relationships

With good reason, conflict in dating relationships and marriages has generated enormous scholarly and popular interest. When handled well, conflict in romantic unions can enable relational partners to learn about each other and foster a sense of cohesion and commitment (Siegert & Stamp, 1994). When not managed well, conflict can have negative implications for the relationship and for the relational partners (Fincham & Beach, 1999). Conflict in romantic relationships also has implications for individuals beyond those directly involved. Marital conflict, for instance, is an even more important predictor of negative outcomes for children than is parental divorce (Amato, Loomis, & Booth, 1995; Booth & Amato, 2001; Jekielek, 1998). Indeed, children whose parents divorce tend ...

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