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ERIC Number: ED264629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-8
Pages: 17
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The Effects of Sex of Actor and Target on Interpersonal Conflict Management Styles.
Berryman-Fink, Cynthia; Brunner, Claire
A study was conducted to explore how males and females differ in their use of interpersonal conflict management styles. Subjects were 71 male and 76 female students from an introductory interpersonal communication course at a large midwestern state university. They were instructed to think of an important relationship with either an opposite-sex or same-sex person while completing the Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode Instrument. Subjects were divided into subject or actor and target dyads, both male, both female, and mixed. Overall means for each of the five conflict-handling modes provide the ranking of the most-used to least-used styles: compromising, avoiding, collaborating, accommodating, and competing. The results indicated that males are more likely than females to compete in conflicts, and females are more likely than males to compromise in conflicts. Also, subjects of both sexes were more likely to use the accommodating style when managing a conflict with a female target. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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