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Daniel J. Canary & Susan J. Messman

In: Close Relationships: A Sourcebook

Chapter 19: Relationship Conflict

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Relationship Conflict
Relationship conflict
Daniel J.Canary
Susan J.Messman

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 ...

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