ERIC Number: EJ747851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Sixth Graders' Conflict Resolution in Role Plays with a Peer, Parent, and Teacher
Borbely, Christina J.; Graber, Julia A.; Nichols, Tracy; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne; Botvin, Gilbert J.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence, v34 n4 p279-291 Aug 2005
This study used conflict resolution role play vignettes and self-report surveys of 450 New York City 6th graders to examine associations between adolescents' conflict resolution efficacy and social skills. Vignettes covered 3 social contexts, conflict with a peer (disagreement over activities), with a parent (raise in allowance), and with a teacher (low grade on report). Effective and ineffective strategies for resolving these conflicts were coded from the videotaped interactions. Adolescents were more often effective in resolving conflict with peers than with parents (X[squared] (1) = 7.10, p less than 0.01). Strong communication skills cut across interpersonal context as associated with effective resolution. Assertiveness and absence of aggression were associated with effective conflict resolution in vignettes with peers. Assertiveness was also associated with effective conflict resolution in vignettes with parents, however nervousness was unexpectedly found to facilitate conflict resolution in vignettes with parents. Only skills observed within a particular context were associated with effective resolution in that context; self-report skills and cross-context observed skills were not associated with efficacy. Implications for implementation and evaluation of social skills curricula and conflict resolution process are discussed.
Descriptors: Grade 6, Conflict Resolution, Role Playing, Measurement Techniques, Surveys, Interpersonal Competence, Adolescents, Social Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, Communication Skills, Assertiveness, Aggression, Peer Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Urban Schools, Personality Traits, Context Effect
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
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Identifiers - Location: New York