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.

Conclusions about and Prospects for Research on Conflict in Close Relationships

Conclusions about and prospects for research on conflict in close relationships

We have arrived at the point where we want to present conclusions about conflict processes in close, personal relationships. As we reviewed the research, we were impressed by what remains to be known as well as what we already know. The many studies on interpersonal conflict support several conclusions yet they simultaneously point to future directions. We offer conclusions first, followed by suggestions for specific areas of continued research efforts.

Conclusions about Conflict and …

Our conclusions concern four points of connection: (a) links between interpersonal conflict and personal development, (b) ties between conflict and development of close relationships, (c) associations between relational maintenance and ...

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