ERIC Number: ED235445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
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Relationship between Social Skill and Conflict Resolution Tactics.
Covey, Mark K.
Although the importance of social skill to interactions with others has long been recognized for clinical individuals, such skills are also of benefit to non-clinical populations. To investigate the potential relationships between social skill and interpersonal conflict resolution tactics, 287 college students (140 males and 147 females) completed a measure of general social skill, the Social Performance Survey Schedule (SPSS), and a measure of tactics used during conflict situations, the Conflict-Tactics Scale (CTS). The SPSS is a 5-point rating scale of 100 items, resulting in a full-measure score of total social skill. The CTS is also a 5-point scale which has been factor-analyzed to produce subscale scores in Reasoning, Verbal Aggression, and Physical Violence. An analysis of the results revealed a high correlation between social skill and the use of verbal reasoning in the resolution of conflicts, thus implying social skill involves the use of non-aversive behaviors. Social skill was correlated negatively with verbal aggression and physical violence. Social skill was also found to influence the behavior of others, i.e., high social skills elicited reasoning, and reduced verbal aggression and violence in others. Socially skilled males used less verbal aggression and physical violence than unskilled males. Additional research should address causal relationships between social skill and specific behaviors in interactional contexts. (BL)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Snowbird, UT, April 26-30, 1983).