- Conflict in Romantic Relationships 262
- Family Conflicts 263
- Selected Explanations for Conflict Escalation 267
- Conclusions 269
Personal relationships present many opportunities for the emergence and escalation of interpersonal conflict. Conflict accompanies couple intimacy and interdependence (Braiker & Kelley, 1979), and of all social groups, families have the most conflict (Shantz & Hobart, 1989). Living with others increases the opportunity for all types of interaction, especially conflict. Conjugal partners and family members encounter frequent occasions of interpersonal boundary violations (Petronio, 1994; Vuchinich, 1984). Such violations most often lead to conflicts between romantic partners, between parents ...