Perceptions of conflict resolution styles in dating relationships and their effect on conflict outcome satisfaction and overall relationship satisfaction
Perceptions of conflict resolution styles and its effect on conflict outcome satisfaction and relationship satisfaction was investigated. It was hypothesized that perceived similarity would be a stronger predictor of both conflict outcome and relationship satisfaction compared to actual similarity, and that understanding would predict both types of satisfaction. Forty dating heterosexual couples taken from undergraduate classes at the University of Central Florida participated. A questionnaire with three scales; measuring conflict behaviors, conflict outcome satisfaction and relationship satisfaction was distributed to participants. Multiple regression of perceived similarity and actual similarity in relation to relationship satisfaction revealed support of the hypothesis for constructive behaviors and destructive behaviors. Similar analyses conducted for conflict outcome satisfaction revealed that it was only for constructive behaviors that perceived similarity was a greater predictor of satisfaction compared to actual similarity. Correlational analyses to test the second hypothesis revealed only partial support. Understanding of constructive behaviors was predictive of both types of satisfaction, where as, for destructive behaviors, understanding was only related to conflict outcome satisfaction. Gender differences in predictors of satisfaction were also found. These results have been attributed to gender differences in positions held in relationships, differences with the married couple and methodological limitations.
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences
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Kee, Vanessa Yiling, "Perceptions of conflict resolution styles in dating relationships and their effect on conflict outcome satisfaction and overall relationship satisfaction" (1995). HIM 1990-2015. 51.