Conflict is a natural and inevitable aspect of most close personal relationships - the crucial issue is not whether it exists, but the way it is managed. Skilfully portraying both developmental or healthy conflict, and destructive or unhealthy conflict, this interdisciplinary volume leads to a better understanding of this vital aspect of relationships. Integrating current research and theory, the authors explore the variation in definitions of interpersonal conflict; review popular survey and observational measures; and discuss specific concerns regarding parent-child relationships, conflict between friends and those romantically involved.

Conflict in Dating and Marital Relationships

Conflict in dating and marital relationships

We now turn to the rather broad domain of conflict in “romantic” relationships. In particular, we highlight some key findings contained in the copious literature on conflict among dating couples and in marital relationships. Our review pertains to relationships that exhibit various degrees of interdependence and relational commitment and tend to be marked by physical as well as psychological intimacy. As in the previous chapters, our review is selective and representative rather than comprehensive. We first briefly review evidence regarding the occurrence and developmental course of conflict, as well as issues that precipitate conflict. Next, we summarize key findings regarding the relationship between conflict management behaviors and relational quality. Finally, we identify some relational ...

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