ERIC Number: ED314792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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A Naturalistic Investigation of Interpersonal Conflict Strategies Available to College-Age Youth.
A study explored how young adults view influences on their own conflict behavior: what examples had an impact on them and how; and what modeled strategies and tactics were available to them. Subjects, 172 undergraduates (119 females and 53 males), described in writing a conflict from their past which had a great impact on them in terms of how they should or should not behave in a personal conflict. Results showed that, overall, the profile of a significant conflict for the subject sample was a recent one in which the subject entered into conflict with peers who were perceived to be primarily responsible for the conflict. Violence was likely not present, and the conflict was handled by participants without the aid of an authority; however, participants engaged in undesirable conflict strategies, and the outcome was usually unsatisfactory to the subject. This sort of conflict is exactly the kind of conflict which can be most positively affected by skills instruction in workshop or classroom settings. The results of the study therefore indicated that formal instruction in conflict management strategies and techniques could have a significant impact on subsequent perceptions about future conflict behavior among young adults. (Twenty-one references are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (59th, Louisville, KY, April 6-8, 1989).